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    It is raining!
    And it's been so long I had almost forgotten
    (Hopefully this will put the damper on the fire up north)

    How beautiful is the rain!
    After the dust and heat,
    In the broad and fiery street,
    In the narrow lane,
    How beautiful is the rain!

    How it clatters along the roofs,
    Like the tramp of hoofs
    How it gushes and struggles out
    From the throat of the overflowing spout!

    Across the window-pane
    It pours and pours;
    And swift and wide,
    With a muddy tide,
    Like a river down the gutter roars
    The rain, the welcome rain!

    The sick man from his chamber looks
    At the twisted brooks;
    He can feel the cool
    Breath of each little pool;
    His fevered brain
    Grows calm again,
    And he breathes a blessing on the rain.

    From the neighboring school
    Come the boys,
    With more than their wonted noise
    And commotion;
    And down the wet streets
    Sail their mimic fleets,
    Till the treacherous pool
    Ingulfs them in its whirling
    And turbulent ocean.

    In the country, on every side,
    Where far and wide,
    Like a leopard's tawny and spotted hide,
    Stretches the plain,
    To the dry grass and the drier grain
    How welcome is the rain!

    In the furrowed land
    The toilsome and patient oxen stand;
    Lifting the yoke encumbered head,
    With their dilated nostrils spread,
    They silently inhale
    The clover-scented gale,
    And the vapors that arise
    From the well-watered and smoking soil.

    For this rest in the furrow after toil
    Their large and lustrous eyes
    Seem to thank the Lord,
    More than man's spoken word.

    Near at hand,
    From under the sheltering trees,
    The farmer sees
    His pastures, and his fields of grain,
    As they bend their tops
    To the numberless beating drops
    Of the incessant rain.

    He counts it as no sin
    That he sees therein
    Only his own thrift and gain.
    These, and far more than these,
    The Poet sees!

    He can behold
    Aquarius old
    Walking the fenceless fields of air;
    And from each ample fold
    Of the clouds about him rolled
    Scattering everywhere
    The showery rain,
    As the farmer scatters his grain.

    He can behold
    Things manifold
    That have not yet been wholly told,--
    Have not been wholly sung nor said.
    For his thought, that never stops,
    Follows the water-drops
    Down to the graves of the dead,
    Down through chasms and gulfs profound,
    To the dreary fountain-head
    Of lakes and rivers under ground;
    And sees them, when the rain is done,
    On the bridge of colors seven
    Climbing up once more to heaven,
    Opposite the setting sun.

    Thus the Seer,
    With vision clear,
    Sees forms appear and disappear,
    In the perpetual round of strange,
    Mysterious change
    From birth to death, from death to birth,
    From earth to heaven, from heaven to earth;
    Till glimpses more sublime
    Of things, unseen before,
    Unto his wondering eyes reveal
    The Universe, as an immeasurable wheel
    Turning forevermore
    In the rapid and rushing river of Time

    Longfellow

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    We had more rain in Ottawa last month than since August 1893 or thereabouts. One of the roads to my cottage can only be navigated by something with good ground clearance and 4WD. Lots of washouts.

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    I noticed our recent rain,the first significant amount for months,had a strange effect.It turned my grass green.

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    IMAGINES VEL NON FUERINT

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    And a better song… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ztV_SvOA20

    But beware, look at Pakistan……..

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    The crabgrass sure was happy with the recent rain here. 2 months without and it was just hoiding its breath waiting for the moment.
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    Not much rain over the last two months but it’s still green. Last weeks rainstorm is gone and a lot of grasses are laying flat. I do have a sprinkler running on one hill this evening.

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    I'd almost forgotten what it was like. But here in the valley, we're just getting sprinkles off and on. Still, the patio got wet!
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    No measurable rain in the valley since the end of June

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    We had another two wet days last week. The rivers just fall to minor flood level and it comes again. The next system is supposed to arrive tomorrow evening and last for at least two days. They've already issued another round of flood warnings. I dug four post holes yesterday where I intend to knock up a small shed for the old loader I bought. This morning two of the holes are full of water, just leached in from the surrounding soil. And that's at the highest bit of the farm. JayInOz

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    Rain.. too little, we cry.. too much, we cry.. anywhere in between, Ahhhh...

    this year has been interesting on the (n.e.) Highland Rim.. several periods of almost too much.. and several of almost too little. Gardens have survived, washouts were few. reading news of the greater world, we are fortunate.

    glad to hear you got yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Craig-Bennett;[URL="tel:6727698"
    Wow. That’s going to be rough.,

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    We had a pretty good monsoon season here, thankfully. The continuing La Nina season promises to be really dry, though, and I think once again after a while they will have to close the hiking trails to reduce the incidence of human-caused fires.
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    The rain is on the roof.
    Hurry, hie the butterfly.
    The clouds roll past my head.
    I know why the skies all cry.
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    We are having what I think is probably the first thunder storm of the year right now. I honestly cannot remember hearing any thunder this entire summer.
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    we are sitting at about half of our usual rainfall amounts. I think we had one rainy day all summer.
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    BlimeyJay, you are not kidding.

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    We're swimming again My shed floors are under water, as is half the farm. Wee Waa is completely cut off. The high river bank in Wellington has been collapsing and has retreated thirty metres- that's a lot of top soil going somewhere. Anyway, we decided to spend the day indoors. The old cow gave fourteen litres of milk this morning (that's 3.7 U.S. gallons) so the missus has made a batch of ricotta cheese and a batch of mozzarella, and a huge batch of pancakes with the whey. I lit the wood stove and have been baking bread. Glad I'm not a postie today. I had my share of wet arses JayInOz

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    Usual wet coast of Scotland today, and 12C, but the forecast for Friday, at the moment, is for 55mm of rain.
    Last edited by birlinn; 09-25-2022 at 12:56 PM.

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    Hasn't rained in Seattle for the entire summer. One half inch in the last 94 or so days. It makes up for a very wet and cold spring.
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    And again http://www.bom.gov.au/products/natio...sat.loop.shtml While there's still a chance of late frosts on clear mornings here, up in Kununurra they've already had several days over 40C- three weeks into spring. JayInOz

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    Hopefully we'll get some out of this. At least there's a cool breeze blowing out of it.

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    Sloshing around in rubber boots again. It took six months but yesterday the ground was just dry enough to enable me to drag out my disc plough from where I parked it. Sunk the front wheels of the tractor twice but managed to crawl out. Now it's going to be too wet to use it for weeks. I wanted my corn in the ground this month- gonna be iffy now. http://www.bom.gov.au/products/natio...sat.loop.shtml Warnings issued for moderate to major flooding on most inland rivers in the state. We've been told to expect at least a months rain over the next four days. It's not fun anymore. http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/charts/4day_col.shtml JayInOz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcat View Post
    Hasn't rained in Seattle for the entire summer. One half inch in the last 94 or so days. It makes up for a very wet and cold spring.
    Same on Vancouver Island. But no rain in sight and it's gotten very dry. Fortunately last winter left a good snowpack.
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    My front garden is a xeriscape, lots of native plants. I don't water it. Usually it rains in September, a soaking rain or two. Not this year. I just spot watered a couple of the plants there. One of them might not come back. We will see.
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    Been raining, and blowing, here since Saturday, courtesy of a low pressure system stuck off the coast. Thunderstorming right now.

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