Monday, July 16, 2012

MONSOON!

The monsoon arrived three weeks ago, with humidity but no rain for us. The pincushion (Mammalaria) cactus bloomed a couple of days after the first rains,

Pincushion (Mammalaria) 7-11-2012 5-15-33 PM 899x728

and it rained a lot, all around us, but the central part of Tucson was all but dry. Till yesterday, when a pair of storms, about fifteen minutes apart, brought us buckets of rain and impressive lightning and thunder.

Rain gauge 7-15-2012 7-00-16 PM 1837x2258

The rain gauge read 2.75 inches by the time it was over—the most we’ve ever had at this house.

 

 

 

 

Backyard lake 7-15-2012 7-01-29 PM 3616x2712

 

The back yard turned into a lake.

 

 

After the rain a beautiful rainbow formed over the houses across the street to the south:

Post-monsoon rainbow 7-15-2012 7-32-29 PM 3572x1980

With a saguaro at the end of the rainbow:Saguaro rainbow 1 7-15-2012 7-35-04 PM 1502x3063

12 comments:

  1. How serendipitous! And I bet you could just hear the saguaro soaking up that rain like a sponge.

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  2. Check for the pot of gold. Truly that rain was delicious.

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    1. I think the rain was worth its weight in gold, so that is probably the treasure.

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    2. Amen to that! 2.75 inches???! Wow!
      We got a great rain today (Monday) as well! What a relief!
      -Carol

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    3. I'm glad your part of town got rain too. I was feeling selfish. ;-)

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  3. Anonymous4:30 AM

    So wonderful. Maybe it is heading this way.

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    1. There's supposed to be more rain on the coming weekend. Don't know where it will go, though.

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  4. Anonymous12:16 PM

    I heard thunder and pretended not to, heard rain and pretended nothing was happening. Half an inch. Hurray, much better than nothing! s

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    1. Yay! 1/2 inch is some real rain!

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  5. Anonymous5:35 AM

    Puddles! Another 1.4. Oh happiness! S

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    1. Wow, adding in the half inch you're almost up to two inches!

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