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Watch how the seasons change in different parts of the globe. Try this simple activity once a month from March to June. Predict the temperature and day length at your home in the temperate zone. Do the same for the monarch’s winter home in the tropics. Each month, check your predictions against the actual data.
Charts for Predictions and Data
Weather and Photoperiod of Monarch Sanctuary Region
Seasons in the Tropics: Wet and Dry
Below the Tropic of Cancer--and all the way to the Tropic of Capricorn (23.5 S)--is the region known as the "tropics." In the tropics, temperatures and photoperiod don't vary much year round. However, precipitation does vary greatly.
There are distinct dry and rainy seasons in the tropics. The cycle of the seasons in the sanctuary region of Mexico follows this pattern: