29 Jul 2007

When It Rains It Pours

Author: Bobby Valentine | Filed under: Bobby's World, Tucson

When It Rains … It Pours … at least some of the Time

It is “monsoon” season here in the desert. Now the monsoons did not really kick up until about a week ago and we have been getting some rain nearly everyday. Today, however, when it was supposed to be VBS work day Noah’s deluge decided to come. I have learned that the desert does not really soak up the water. No the ground here seems to reject water and it simply runs off. And it does so fairly quickly.

I have seen rain before. In New Orleans it could rain and rain hard. In Mississippi it rained and it rained hard. But here in the desert it seems like it tries to shove six months supply into thirty minutes (you know it only rains two or three times a year here! 🙂 Today it rained.

They have a “Stupid Motorist Law” here in the desert. If you drive your car into a street that has water running over it they call you a “stupid motorist.” It may only look a couple of inches but it is usually more like 10, 12 or more. I saw my first “stupid motorist” today. I saw a fellow drive his Chrysler 300M into the water on the corner of Sabino Canyon and Tanque Verde (a major intersection) and his expensive car died. the road at that point dips and water collects. The water was not quit half-way up his door panel but the care was completely swamped. The firemen were rescuing him. I did not have my camera or it would be on my blog.

Here are a few photos though:

Just a light rain …

What the Tanque Verde wash normally looks like … More water in the Sahara Desert

The Wash from east and west …

The Catalinas after the rain from my front lawn … The clouds hanging on the mountains make for a striking image (the picture just does not do it justice).

Thanks for looking at the pictures from my world.

Bobby Valentine

5 Responses to “When It Rains It Pours”

  1. john dobbs Says:

    Thanks for sharing, Bobby. It looks to me that you live in an interesting and beautiful place.

  2. Tim Archer Says:

    “Streams in the desert…” somehow that phrase rings a bell.

    Praise God for His blessing of rain. We can actually water our yard twice a week now.

    Blessings on you and your family.

    Grace and peace,

  3. Carisse Says:

    Beautiful, Bobby — thanks for the photos. We got .85″ yesterday. Of course I had watered everything the day before!

  4. Candle (C & L) Says:

    Neat — When we were in Arizona and Texas I was frequently wondering about the signs that said (in effect) don’t drive into this dip in the road if it is raining. I guess you’ve illlustrated why.

    Nice shots – Thanks for sharing
    God Bless

  5. cwinwc Says:

    The last picture is an interesting mixture of environments.

    We’re getting plenty of rain here in Central Florida with no moutains to look at as you have.

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