Nov 19, 2009, 9:22 AM
Post #16 of 38
You were misinformed... Monterrey is in the desert, and at a relatively high altitude. Temperatures in the 40s (C) are common from May to September. In the winter (and it does get some snow), especially after sundown it can get very cold.<<<<<<
Regarding temperature he is absolutely correct. Snow is not frequent but yes, it happens often enough. As for being in the desert Monterrey is not. However, rains are scarce and the landscape is not lush as you already know. As for being at a relatively high altitude, Monterrey is at 538 meters above sea level which is only 1765 feet or so. So using adiabatic cooling as 3* F per 1000 ft that means about 6*F cooler than at sea level. In other words Monterrey will be about 6*F cooler than will Reynosa or McAllen or Matamoros or Brownsville if all other things are equal. Travelocity has a weather site for Monterrey which states that Monterrey is at the foot of the mountains (Sierra Madre Oriental) and is at the incorrect altitude of some 3000 feet. There are other websites which also offer incorrect information.
And yes, as you already know Monterrey is at the base of the mountain range.
Monterrey is the third largest city in Mexico. It is also the center of the nation's manufacturing industry (reason for bad ambient) and is perhaps the richest city in Mexico. It is also close to the United States and is perhaps the most "progressive" city in Mexico. You will not lack anything in Monterrey. If you insist on Central Air Conditioning you can get it. If you just want room coolers, you can get them. Anything not available in the city is reachable from the USA in just a few hours. Import regulations may be a problem but for normal consumer items are not.
The only thing which Monterrey needs is an ocean beach. For that reason many residents have vacation homes on or near Padre Island , TX.. Rancho Viejo near Brownsville is an example. The Mexican beaches at Matamoros and south are, as yet, undeveloped although grand plans are underway, so it is said.
Strange that you have not received any posts from ex-pats living in Monterrey. There are some (perhaps many) there, but I guess most of them are actively employed and are just too busy to spend time here on mexconnect.
Now just for kicks, when I was looking for a place to live here in Mexico some 20 years ago I did consider Monterrey as well as Linares and Cd. Victoria and other towns at the base of the mountains because of the very short commute times to the frontier. ( I am a resident of Harlingen.). I turned them all down (Linares was a real contender) for a commute time of 10 to 11 hours over the mountains and on to the central highlands. I have been content ever since. But then, you have an over-riding reason to live in Monterrey. Enjoy your life there.
Good luck. jerezano.