Isabel's Climate Story


Isabel's Climate Story




Monterrey, Mexico

How are you sensing climate change?

Nestled in the desert of the Sierra Madre mountain range, Monterrey sometimes reaches below-freezing temperatures. Winter there means running the minisplit heater every night, huddling under blankets and multiple layers during the day. The second winter I was home from college in New England, I braced myself for the return to this routine—so different from the consistent comfort of campus. However, temperatures barely dropped below 60 degrees Fahrenheit / 15 degrees Celsius that holiday season. When I returned to a snowless campus in February, the next week my sister sent me a picture of snow from our backyard—a sight unseen. I feel concerned for those who can't deal with this change as more than a nuisance.



iruiz, “Isabel's Climate Story,” Data Refuge Stories, accessed January 20, 2021,