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,
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.
The rain gauge read 2.75 inches by the time it was over—the most we’ve ever had at this house.
The back yard turned into a lake.
After the rain a beautiful rainbow formed over the houses across the street to the south: