October 05, 2006

First Rain

It rained last night and this morning. No big deal, you'd think, but 'round here where we get no rain at all during the six to nine month dry season (and not much more during the "wet" season), it's a significant event, the first rain since (maybe) April. It's the earliest first rain I can remember; it's more commonly around late October or even late November. Predictably, in this most self-absorbed part of the world, the rain was the first story on nearly all TV newscasts last night, with banner headlines using words like "Stormwatch" or "StormTracker". There was no storm. There never is, just a mild Pacific disturbance that moves slowly east towards the Sierra….

2 Comments:

At 10/16/2006 12:15 AM, Blogger Spike said...

Spot of rain in Woy Woy yesterday. Had very nearly forgotten what it looked like.

 
At 10/16/2006 11:53 AM, Blogger Jimmy Little said...

Yeah, my memories of Woy Woy tend to be of either long droughts or heavy downpours (not at the same time, of course), and storms -- lightning and thunder, heavy wind. The difference with here, where it's expected to not rain at all for six to nine months of each year, is striking -- as is the fact that we have no storms at all. What coastal Californians call "storms" are usually just mild rain systems coming in off the Pacific. We get maybe two small rather mild thunderstorms a year here. I miss those Woy Woy storms...

 

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