There’s a big, beautiful tropical low pressure front developing in the Coral Sea. Should be with us by Sunday.

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And a Lovely Low means rain. Lots of rain. Monsoon type rain.  As I write, it’s bucketing down outside, but until that low front arrives, our rain showers are just that. Short, intense and a long way apart. Not enough to restore the water table, refill the dams or give the farmers any peace of mind. However, a bit of a circulation system is building up over the Solomon Islands, which will push its way down to us and give us the wetting we so richly deserve. Hurrah!

If this weather front materialises, the farmers are going to be happy and relieved. In this early growing phase, the young sugar cane will suck up an inch of water a day, guaranteeing strong growth and a good harvest. Up to now, it’s been an anxious and expensive time, with lots of irrigation going on, unusual for this time of year. Of course, for us, lots of rain also means the grass and weeds are going to jump out of the ground, and mowing has to be done hastily between downpours. On the other hand, rain will soften the ground enough that we can soon start installing fence posts for the chicken run and corner posts for the raised vegetable beds.

And one final benefit: it’s not cold and miserable here when it rains. It’s hot, and the rain is warm. No chilly trickles down the back of your neck, and paddling in puddles is fun. So much nicer than winter rain in the northern hemisphere… OK, it does get incredibly humid, and I have to clean up mould everywhere, but that’s a small price to pay.

Just nipping outside to smell the wet greenery and look at the 15 or so ducks grazing contentedly on the back lawn….


26 thoughts on “Monsoon-soon

  1. kymlucas says:

    And we have cold and snow — dropped from 50ish (F) to the teens with snow and a wind chill of -5. Brrrrrrrr ….

  2. I can remember revelling in tropical monsoon rain. There’s a picture of Jock in swimsuit washing the car without a bucket or hose. It always makes me laugh.

    • katechiconi says:

      I have a wonderful photo of the Husband in shorts, up to his knees in flood water, smiling under his huge umbrella. There’s nothing quite like tropical rain, is there?

  3. Susan says:

    Yes, quite different from the freezing rain we had yesterday, here in Ontario!

    • katechiconi says:

      Sometimes, just sometimes, I miss cold weather… Continual heat can be a bit trying, especially when winter daytime temperatures are no colder than about 19C/66F.

  4. kim says:

    And listen to the mini-frogs as well?

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh, they’re definitely in full song! The whistling ducks are also expressing their pleasure, especially as the rain has brought out all the little bugs in the grass.

  5. pattisj says:

    I was hoping this was a good thing–and it sounds as if it is. 🙂

  6. tialys says:

    If you ever need another job I’m sure you could get one as a weather reporter – you make it all sound so interesting.

    • katechiconi says:

      I suppose it is for us; weather here is so much more extreme, immediate and sometimes downright dangerous. Having friends and family in a part of the country where it hasn’t rained a drop for SIX YEARS also makes us interested in – and grateful for – any rain coming our way…

  7. watch out for all the duck poo…..or is it getting washed away as it materialises?

  8. rutigt says:

    I wish snow was warm. Then I wouldn´t mind if it´s snowing 🙂
    Gun, Sweden

    • katechiconi says:

      I hate having cold feet, and that’s the worst thing about snow for me. Never a problem here! I must say that warm rain was a bit of a surprise the first time I experienced it!

  9. I am glad to see you are nowhere near the fires ! I’m happy for all Australians to get rain as I do understand you desperately need it.

    • katechiconi says:

      Until the rain started, we had a few small fires in the foothills of the Eton Range, but nothing on the scale of the fires in the Adelaide Hills that you’re seeing on TV. In dry weather, most of them are started by lightning and the dry vegetation burns very quickly and very hot. Now, after a couple of days of good rain, everything is too wet to burn well.

  10. My brother lives in Australia and he loves to watch the rain 🙂 Stay dry!

  11. Kirsten says:

    You could take your shampoo out there with you . . .

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