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hurricane-earl-mondayx-largeDid you know according to Historian, Henry Hegart Breen the vicissitudes of the year was differentiated by two seasons, the wet and the dry season?

The French gave the name Caréme to the dry season with Lent being the main period that marked its duration and Hivernage was given to the wet season which corresponded to the hurricane season.  Caréme embraced February, March and April and Hivernage included July, August, September and October.

However, it was not supposed to be that the dry and wet season only extended to these months.  Drought and rain were not restricted to any particular period of the year, and three months of incessant rain are as likely to be succeeded by three months of uninterrupted drought as any other unexpected weather event could occur.

Many authors had divided the seasons in the Antilles, but such divisions were more far-fetched than founded in facts and if it was founded it was a modification of the two primary seasons.

Therefore, November, December and January was part of the dry season and the prevalence of the light breeze by day and the heavy dew during the night imparted an unusual degree of coolness to the environment.

The temperature seldom rose to eighty degrees Fahrenheit.  This time of year was always a great relief from the rain and wind of the hurricane season.

Source: St. Lucia: Historical, Statistical and Descriptive by Henry Hegart Breen – 1844

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