Thursday, July 20, 2017

Big rain









On Monday afternoon, we had a whopper of a thunderstorm. It was completely crazy. I didn't even think we'd have rain that day, but around 4:30, the sky turned dark and the rain started, lightly at first but then it rained harder than I can remember for several years, and the rain fell for over an hour. Apparently, it was a very slow-moving storm and the heaviest cells were right over my neighborhood. That's one of the most interesting things about the monsoon season, actually; the rain can be very localized. You can have a serious storm in one place, and just a few miles away, nothing at all. It's hit or miss. So far this summer, our area was mostly miss.

The small Bears and I watched from the family room and kitchen. We have a better view from the back of our house in a storm; there are only two windows on the front of the house, and one is within the courtyard, which blocks a lot of the view. But from the back, we can watch the storm fill in between us and the mountain, and the backyard disappear under water, and rain lashing the henhouse and our neighbors' sheds and patio roofs. Water poured from the canales (drainage channels for our flat roof) and streamed down the windows. There was hail, briefly, and strong winds.

It was truly exhilarating. I sat under the skylight and listened. I absolutely love rain, as I keep telling you, and I look forward to monsoon season all year long. I've been starting to get antsy in the long summer break, feeling apprehensive about some changes slated to happen at school in the coming year, and, as usual, I was itching for the stormy part of summer to finally commence. I felt my anxiety melting away as I sat there, listening. I felt like things were being righted, concerns minimized. Of course, rain doesn't take away the aggravations of life, but it helps me pay less mind to them for a little while. Rain is one of my favorite forms of escapism.

We received about 1.7 inches of rain. A weather station in the city park two blocks north of here reported 1.8 inches. The arroyo rushed with churning, black water. When it was over, our yard was a mess. There were leaves everywhere, ripped from the trees by high wind and heavy rain. The roses were all but decimated. Straw from the henhouse was floating on ankle-deep water accumulated at the lowest point in the yard. The LB took the opportunity to play in the water, one of the few chances he's ever had. My children are city kids, and desert city kids at that. Standing water just isn't a thing here. I was glad he had the chance. He dragged a stick through the water, agitating dirt and straw, splashing unwitting hens through the mesh of their coop. I enjoyed watching him play; he seemed to find great joy in playing in his own giant backyard puddle. We have to sweep the patios this weekend, to rid them of debris left behind when the water receded during that night. But that's a small price to pay for one heck of an exciting storm event.

15 comments:

  1. I love storms too and see why you would feel relaxed by them; there is something wonderful about rain! Neat about your son being able to play in that truly wonderful puddle!!!

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  2. Wow that sure was plenty of rain and so neat LB was able to have fun in his own big puddle

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  3. That is one heck of a storm. There have been a few flash floods here in the UK but mostly in the South.Our rain has been steady and in the night which I like as a gardener. I have my last day to myself today before the big Summer hols. I am going to flit from craft to craft and cook a lasagne - nothing for anyone else - there will be six weeks worth of being at the bottom of the pile. Jo x

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  4. I love a good thunderstorm. We don't get those here, just steady downpours for days and days... I loved seeing LB playing in the water, how much fun that looks. Hope the hens are ok? I am sorry that your roses have been damaged and hope they recover. x

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  5. That is a lot of rain, love a good thunderstorm and the smell of rain too. Its been windy here and may just be a prelude to rainfall. Hope you stay safe and warm. Greetings!

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  6. We've had such a rainy summer, I'm sure it's because we put in the new pool.

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  7. Wow! That was some storm. I absolutely loved reading your description of it. Especially the part where it made you feel that alI was finally right in your world and your concerns were minimalized for the time being. That is what being at the lake does for me. I'm so glad you finally received your monsoon! Loved all the pictures and all of your descriptions.
    Blessings, Betsy

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  8. Wow, that's a lot of rain. I don't like thunderstorms but I quite like it when it rains heavy, just so long as I'm indoors. I hope the hens were okay in it.

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  9. Fantastic, I adore a good downpour and that looks like a humdinger. School finished today and it's been pouring ever since! The rain does seem to be more deluge-like here lately. There was a bad flash-flooding incident last week in a lovely little Cornish village, it caused really bad damage. Glad you escaped with nothing major. Do you save rainwater for the garden? I seem to remember you have rainwater tanks. They should be filling nicely! Have a lovely weekend Jennifer. CJ xx

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  10. That is a serious amount of rain. I've been away but it was good to visit the allotment and find the wheelbarrow full of water and everything thriving, not to mention my straw-like grass greening up at home.. I've just spoken to my daughter and she has described watching a recent thunderstorm from her bed in such vivid detail I felt I was there too. I love the photo of your LB swooshing the water with his stick and I am sure your roses will be back better than ever.

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  11. I don't mind the rain - just as well as we get a lot of it here! I do like to watch thunderstorms and heavy rain - preferably with me inside when they happen! :oD

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  12. Wow - that was a lot of rain! I like rain too, as long as the wind and lightning isn't too intense.
    I spent the afternoon with Alaina today and I thought of you. She thinks we should get chickens to have for pets at our house. They could live in the front yard she says. I think she would like your house!

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  13. From one storm lover to another, what a great storm that was Jennifer. 1.7 inches in one storm is quite something. I enjoyed your photos of the falling rain, something I find difficult to capture on film. And love the boy playing in his giant puddle :)

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  14. Wow that is a lot of rain! I love watching thunderstorms pass by and seeing the rain hit the ground. I love the smell in the air after it rains too. Your photos were so good capturing the rain like that too :O

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  15. That is a lot of rain and your photos really capture the strength and intensity of the downpour. We've had lots of wet days this week, but it's a drizzly, never ending light rain that goes on for hours and hours. Yours is much more exciting! It must've been some storm to leave your yard so messy afterwards.

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