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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Midnight Downpour

Sky over Ocotillos
At midnight exactly the heavy rain began to fall; it was preceded by lightning and thunder.  Having watched Doppler Dave's forecast on KVIA before going to bed I knew storms were a possibility.  What I didn't know was how heavy the precipitation would be.

When I hopped up to check if rain was coming in through the openings in the patio doors I found the most liquid on the floor I've ever found before.  I had to use a towel to sop it up.  Then I shut the evaporative cooler off and closed the doors.

The storm raged on for only a short while, but it put down some heavy rain.  When we all went out for our morning hike we discovered that rivers of the wet stuff had flowed down the arroyos we usually trek.  It was 71F at the start of the hike with a slight breeze so it didn't feel too bad out there despite the high humidity.  Our outing was pretty quick because we couldn't stop to rest in the shade due to the many ants that were out and about.  Nevertheless we got some good exercise in during our daily trek.

Frio and Willow on the move

Desert looking a bit greener

This & next:  same Barrel Cactus

Find the Heeler

Heavy rain ran down Right Branch Arroyo last night

Partially dried arroyo after last night's rain

Tortugas and the Organ Mountains


1 comment:

Dr. K said...

I had to look hard to find the Heeler in that photo.

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