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1.5 inches of rain is all it took to make Yucatan green again

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What a difference a month makes. A dry Yucatan Peninsula on April 19 compares with the same land a month later, after rain returned. Photo: Courtesy

At the end of April, we were imploring the rain gods to bring a storm cloud. We were grateful for a quick cloudburst.

Three weeks and 1.55 inches of rain later, Yucatan has gotten much greener. Barren trees have filled in and flowers have bloomed. And it’s not even “wet season” yet. That starts in June.

May averages 2.5 inches of rain, and the seven-day forecast shows the possibility of more showers ahead.

Not even a month ago, it was the height of fire season.

Over 7,000 hectares / 17,000 acres burned after a two-month rainless stretch and the worst drought since at least 1986.

Today, weather.com has thunderstorms in its admittedly changeable forecast for the next 17 days.

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