I live in San Diego, and our region, along with the rest of California, has had a drought for the past 3 years. We have had so little rain, that when it actually does rain we get all excited. As you can see from the photo below that I posted on Facebook, which documents the extraordinary occurrence of ACTUAL RAIN in my yard.
You will notice my enthusiastic use of the type tool in Photoshop, along with exclamation points! And…I also made a sort of snide comment about how the rain only lasted for 20 minutes. Well, who would have thought that that innocent little comment would result in another bout of rain, this one a veritable deluge, just a few short hours later? Obviously, the rain gods monitor social media, and I clearly yanked their chain.
After I put this post up on FB, I picked up the kids from school and then took Sam to the orthodontist. After his appointment is when all hell broke loose. We looked out the window and saw rain falling by the bucketful. Actually it wasn’t so much falling as hurtling towards the ground at a 45 degree angle. Trees were flailing, people on bikes were cowering under walkways, and the streets and sidewalks were streaming with water.
When we arrived home it was to a full on, rip-roaring thunder and lightning storm. Some of the lighting came really close to the house, and I made the kids stay in for a bit, as I felt like I had already incurred the wrath of the rain gods, and they are probably good friends with the lightning gods. After the fireworks calmed down Emma and I puttered around the yard, just enjoying the feeling of being rained on, and filling up lots of containers with water to use on our plants in the coming week.
Emma in the driving rain. You can see the angle it is coming down at in the upper left corner.
Emma helping to fill water containers.
Eventually the rain slowed, after a good 45 minutes to an hour. Blue sky peeked through illuminated clouds. The woody scent rising up from the canyon was amazing, as the dried earth and plants opened up to drink in all the water.
Raindrops plopping into the birdbath.
Clouds and happy canyon plants after a long-awaited watering.
After the rains cleared, the birds came out in force, chirping and swooping about. I noticed several birds streaking out of the big eucalyptus to snatch insects out of the air. This is a very blurry photo of what was a very graceful and lively scene.
After the storm was done we had lots of water stored that will keep us going for a bit. The plants in the yard and canyon were scrubbed clean, and though it was still very hot and humid, everything was refreshed. We were lucky not to have any trees or branches fall, we were also glad we were not struck by lighting!
The tree faces in the yard always look great after a rain, as the palm trunks get dark and shiny.
I, along with the rest of San Diego (except the people stuck on the highways which were full of crashes), were thrilled with our rainstorm. And now that I know that I have the ability to summon wet and wild weather through injudicious comments on social media, I will endeavor to do my best to end the terrible drought afflicting our great state. Do you hear that, rain gods? Your mother was a hamster and your father reeked of elderberries! I blow my nose at you, so called meteorological deities!!!