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Blessing in the Skies
This is the second night in a row that it has just poured here. Some years, the Monsoon storms seem to come primarily from the southeast, leaving us dry when those on the other side of town are wet. But we're getting moisture from the north so far this year and right now it's meeting up with moisture from the south and east, generating the sort of slow-moving weather that leads to flash floods.

It's not a night to be out and about. Here on the high ground, though, next to a catchment basin, it feels like another answered prayer. This is my favorite time of year in Tucson.

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elf_owl From: elf_owl Date: July 7th, 2008 06:20 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm so grateful I got home without being caught in a flash flood or even just a storm, since visibility goes way down in that kind of rain and my lights might not be bright enough for cars to see me. However, I am also grateful that it is now raining. It's one of my two favorite times of year here- the other being Spring when the orange blossoms and jasmine bloom. Heavenly.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 7th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I love the orange blossoms, too. But the Snow Birds are still here then. It's a tourist time.
elf_owl From: elf_owl Date: July 7th, 2008 07:37 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
When I am biking around, breathing in the smell of the blossoms, I'm not bothered by snowbirds.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 7th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
They are less vexing on the routes you traverse, I think. The sorority and frat types are just as bad. Here, though, the snowbirds dominate.
e_compass_rosa From: e_compass_rosa Date: July 7th, 2008 06:24 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
So, what's the difference between a monsoon and a really big thunderstorm? Either way, I'd love it, but I am wondering if there is a distinction.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 7th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I used to wonder the same thing. The Monsoon is a seasonal shift in prevailing winds that brings moisture into areas that have been hot and dry. Technically, it is the precondition for the thunderstorms we get from July until September. But people often make the metonymic slip from describing the weather season to labeling individual storms "monsoons." It's more fun that way.
derdriu From: derdriu Date: July 7th, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I miss monsoons.

I do not, however, miss snowbirds. (Though, honestly, it is really as though I am living in the middle of their territory now.)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 7th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Their summer territory, at any rate. Somehow they are easier to deal with there than here. I often feel like I'm living in another country here, since the winter visitors treat it the way they might treat Antigua.
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