Sunlit Water

July 18, 2006


Filed under: Nature — by teofilo @ 8:23 pm

Just started. Thunder too. Maybe this will do something about the heat.

I like rain. Here it’s often just a sort of steady, irritating drizzle, but in the Southwest rain is a wonderful thing. It’s rare, especially in these days of superdrought, but when it comes, mostly during the “monsoon season” in July and August, it comes hard. Powerful thunderstorms with big, fat drops. The storms don’t last long, but they’re quite impressive.

Just before it starts to rain, you can smell it in the air. It’s a beautiful smell, like carefully moistened dust (which, I suppose, is exactly what it is). You smell that and you know it’s going to rain, and then the drops start to come down and for that brief period it seems like the temperature will fall and the rivers will fill and everything will be all right. And during the storm, all those things are true.

I was talking to my sister recently, and she mentioned that since she’s come east for school she no longer likes rain. It doesn’t have that same smell, and instead of crisp, refreshing summer storms you just get days and days of sloppy drizzle. She’s right, but I still like rain. I guess the affection I developed when I was younger is strong enough to withstand all the unpleasant rain the east coast can throw at me.

It’s supposed to rain for the next few days. I don’t mind.



  1. I said something about how I love the way the air smells when it’s going to rain to my roommate the other day and she thought I was crazy. I’m glad I’m not the only one who can smell it.

    Comment by Becks — July 19, 2006 @ 10:53 am |Reply

  2. Maybe people who are familiar with the smell from places where it’s strong are more likely to notice it when it’s more subtle. I know I often get a hint of it even here just before a storm.

    Comment by teofilo — July 19, 2006 @ 3:12 pm |Reply

  3. I don’t remember living in the southwest, and I can smell it.

    East-coast rain only sucks ass (in a bad way) when it’s disgustingly humid. Cold rain is the best, and umbrellas are for wimps.

    Comment by ~Macarena~ — July 19, 2006 @ 5:50 pm |Reply

  4. Okay, maybe some people are just more perceptive than others.

    I agree with your second paragraph, but in my experience the east coast is disgustingly humid most of the time.

    (“in a bad way”?)

    Comment by teofilo — July 19, 2006 @ 6:15 pm |Reply

  5. I see now that the first paragraph can be read at least two ways. I really lived in the SW.

    “Disgustingly humid” is when it’s over 80 and not only does the downpour not cool you, but you arrive home sweating and with an aching back from carrying that huge umbrella and the extra weight of your sandals in your tote bag.

    (I don’t wish to imply that anilingus is negative.)

    Comment by ~Macarena~ — July 19, 2006 @ 7:28 pm |Reply

  6. Where in the southwest, if you don’t mind my asking?

    (Glad to hear you’re not anti-anilingus.)

    Comment by teofilo — July 19, 2006 @ 7:41 pm |Reply

  7. Yeah, those sw thunderstorms are something. And they’re much better than midwest thunderstorms (though those *are* quite astonishing, with their suddenness and noise), because the sw thunderstorms don’t come along with days or weeks of disgusting humidity, and because once they’re over, the rain dries up almost immediately, which is really something to see.

    I like rain too. Way better than snow, any day.

    Comment by bitchphd — July 19, 2006 @ 11:44 pm |Reply

  8. I’m afraid snow is where we part ways, b. I like it even better than rain.

    Comment by teofilo — July 20, 2006 @ 12:43 am |Reply

  9. Oh, teo… Haven’t you ever shoveled?

    A winter morning scene from Stanley’s house in Chicago (Stanley, age 10):

    Stanley: Yay! Snow!

    [plow drives by, clearing the street of the multi-inch snowfal]

    StanleyMom: Stanley, please go help your father shovel the driveway. You’re going to be late for school.

    Stanley: [expletive]

    Comment by Stanley — July 20, 2006 @ 1:23 am |Reply

  10. (P.S. do html tags work in your comments? I’ve been reluctant to test, given the lack of preview.)

    Comment by Stanley — July 20, 2006 @ 1:24 am |Reply

  11. I have never shoveled. My friends who come from northern areas do not share my fondness for snow.

    (The usual tags should work.)

    Comment by teofilo — July 20, 2006 @ 12:10 pm |Reply

  12. Snow is pretty to look at and travel to. It is annoying to live in, not least because it looks pretty for a couple of hours, and then it’s just a dirty mess, either icy or slushy, which you have to trudge through. Yuck.

    Comment by bitchphd — July 21, 2006 @ 1:24 am |Reply

  13. I am quite aware of the problems with snow, but I still like it.

    Comment by teofilo — July 21, 2006 @ 1:29 am |Reply

  14. T (#6): AZ, which I learned after confronting my mother when presented with a picture of us at the edge of the Grand Canyon. I used to be unsure how long we lived there, and I’ve finally related it to the anecdote about how I learned to walk in the Azores.

    I am with you on snow. I miss eating it when it’s new, but that’s about all I miss from childhood. We rarely had snow days, but at least we didn’t have to make them up. Now, I walk to work in snow hoping everyone else will take vacation.

    I have not shoveled, and don’t want a house because it will come with a lawn and a bit of sidewalk for which I’m responsible. I love clearing snow off my car because a real winter (unlike the past one) means it’s too cold to spend quality time bathing him. There was only one time that I needed a shovel to dig him out. Last year, my broken & leaking Skechers were sufficient for me to use apart the plow ice.

    Bitch, now we know the real reason you’re moving to L.A. Well, you can have it, and most of CA. I only like the north and the redwoods.

    I swear, I thought we could all agree that air conditioning is worthy of deifying, but this heat wave has led bloggers to reveal they don’t bloody have it on. Sniffle.

    Comment by ~Macarena~ — July 21, 2006 @ 4:57 pm |Reply

  15. I have my AC on. And I’m glad to hear someone agrees with me about snow.

    Comment by teofilo — July 21, 2006 @ 11:38 pm |Reply

  16. (14.) I meant “kick apart the plow ice.”

    Comment by ~Macarena~ — July 22, 2006 @ 6:21 pm |Reply

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