o simply take the actual calendar definition of Summer, June 21st thru September 21st would not be doing justice to this incredibly diverse High Desert in North Central New Mexico.
Everything described here is from our now, 6 years experience full time.
Elevation crucial as we're at almost 6,300 feet and from the end of Windy Season
(Spring), suddenly seemingly..the winds subside except for the evening updrafts (sirocco) and what's left behind is THE SUN! Considering the elevation and how dry it is here ..the sun is brutal from when it's 80 or 85 degrees up. Rarely does it reach 100 degrees here, but when it's 90 and you're out in the sun ..you're being brutalized by it! A breeze doesn't help a lot except for one instance ..and that is if you're sitting in the shade and there's a steady breeze ..it actually come across as being cool.
If you have a handkerchief or a mist generating thing ..a plant mist-er or one of these great fan generating mist-ers ..it can actually be chilling in 90 degrees and up
The above description during the daytime. Evenings are interesting because the sirrocco breeze-wind kicks up normally, and we'll seek the leeward side of the house or wherever we are. But so too do the insects principally the 'atomic flies'. You know the flies I'm talking about. Sound like a chain saw and totally kamikaze in their unabashed need to suck moisture out of any mammels skin ..me actually. They don't even care if they die getting that moisture, it's so dry here; they're not difficult to swat! :)
The earth will remind all who doubt that this is desert! Drought is it's natural state, pretty much no matter what us who inhabit it hope for. Clay turns to sand! What we here, hope for is Monsoon
(is what we call it)! Our monsoon builds in the Jemez Mountains 75% of the time. If the winds are favorable then we can get slammed! The mountains ..here in the Rockies ..are what holds the moisture both in terms of the snow melt ..where the rivers emanate (actual swamps up there
) and rain clouds passing by are held up by the mountains and build creating lighting with the updrafts and hence..thunder. The remaining incidence of monsoon comes out of the Canjilon or Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
The fabulous thing about Summer here in the Rockies ..is that nights are cool! Generally here, nights run as low as 50 something degrees ..and it's a perfectly restful sleep with the windows open. Mornings are also cool and crisp, many times ..wear a jacket cool
Just as quickly as Summer began, it also seems to end. Usually it cools significantly in August, if you can believe it. But remember how brutal the sun can be, even when it's only 80 degrees. Monsoon only lasts X number of weeks, and the end of Monsoon can signal this cooling.
September and especially October brings the first snows! The alarm bell for Fall is smelling Chillies Roasting
. As everywhere, the best thing about Summer is the activities and events: Chama Days
; Trail Riding
; Mountain Biking
; Road Biking
; Bar-B-Ques, Road Trips
; festivals (Santa Fe
); Fly Fishing