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