Sunday, July 11, 2010

Desert Rain

We have had no measurable rain here since it snowed on April 1st. The monsoon season officially arrived at the end of June, and now we are getting thunderclouds building over the Huachuca Mountains, to the south, on most afternoons.

Black clouds roll in, some getting caught on the closer Whetstone Mountains, and some slipping easily over the top. The clouds have finally started to bring rain, and the desert really does have an identifiable smell after a cloudburst. Not surprisingly, I suppose, it smells like dust and dryness, with a bit of oldness and heat mixed in. Not at all unpleasant, but something I have never smelled before.

Huachuca means "thunder." Bring it on.

1 comment:

Sharon Del Rosario said...

Ahhh, I love that desert smell after a rain. Hope the monsoons cool off the temps a bit for you.