May Days

“The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You’re one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
a cloud come over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you’re two months back in the middle of March.”
–  Robert Frost

I think this poem very nicely sums up the May weather that we’ve had in Jordan this year. Dust storms, thunderstorms, hot one day and then back to freezing the next keeping us all on our toes and wondering what is happening with the weather.

Finally we had what I would call a May Day. Today the weather is what I would expect for this time of the year with the sun was shining and a light breeze coming from the North keeping the air clear. It was clear enough today to see beyond the Petra Mountains and all the way across Wadi Araba to the Israeli Mountains on the other side. As the crow flies we are only 20kms from the border and it is possible on clear nights to see the lights from Israeli settlements on the other side of Wadi Araba. I’m sure that many of you didn’t realise that I was situated that close to the border or that I could see Israel from my balcony.

I took these photos this morning at 6:00am and the day stayed clear all day. The ridge lines you can see beyond the Petra Mountains are on the Israeli side of the border. I cherish days like this in May where they start with a morning that is crisp and clear as before too long the days of June start to warm up and bring with it the heat haze that settles over Wadi Araba signalling the end of the Spring and tumbling us head on into Summer.

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The clear day without any clouds also resulted in a typical sunset for May with the colours of the setting sun speaking for themselves.

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