It might not be a big deal, or even a welcomed event, when it rains where you live. I live in Austin, TX in the U.S., and it hasn’t rained here since October 26th – until yesterday. That’s more than 10 weeks without any appreciable measurable rainfall. I’ve been motivated to running my sprinkler system in my yard every two weeks, just to keep my trees alive.
We have been in a drought here in Austin for 2 years now. We did have some temporary relief about this time last year, but that was very brief, and basically did nothing to replenish the lakes that supply our drinking water.
This is why it was BIG news that a storm front was coming across northern Mexico and into Texas to bring us some much needed rain.
When I went to bed last night, there was just over ¼” (6mm) of rain in our rain gauge. When we woke up the morning, there was almost 3 inches (7.75 cm) in our rain gauge!
The official time of sunrise this morning was 7:20 AM, so it was about 8:45 AM – before I left the house to go to work – when I opened our back door while it was still raining, and took a few photos of this monumental event! It’s been so long since I’ve seen our deck all wet….
I was using my weatherproof Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera, and the equally weatherproof 12-50mm f/3.5 -6.3 lens. The photo above was with the lens zoomed out to 41mm (82mm equivalent), while the photo below had the lens zoomed all the way out to 50mm.
When I got to the parking garage at the office, I took this photo while looking away from the office building.
It has been a long, long time since I have seen more than just a trickle of water flowing over this little dam!
Don’t believe the temperature reading on the thermometer…. It always reads too high when the sun is in direct line-of-sight with it. It doesn’t matter if it’s overcast or not. The actual temperature was more like 55 degrees (13 C).
Once again – rain is probably more of a nuisance than a blessing where you live, but the rain we got today in Austin was a BIG DEAL. It was the main story on the local TV news…..
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