Thursday, July 27, 2006

Finally Some Good News

I can't tell you how much we needed this
Heavy rainfall, between 1.5 inches and 2 inches, fell over large areas near the Catalina and Rincon mountains overnight as well as along portions of Interstate 10. Heavy stream flows can be expected around the Catalina and Rincon Mountains, including Cañada del Oro, Sabino Creek, Tanque Verde Creek, Rincon Creek, Pantano Wash and Cienega Creek.

Heavy rains also were recorded in a large area stretching from Sierra Vista to Bisbee to Douglas. - linkage
It's the type of rain that saturates the parched tierra. When I stepped outside this morning I could smell the scent of the creosote that permeates the desert air when the skies open up and bring the gift of water.
If you live in Arizona you know all too well the sweet musky scent of desert rain. But you might not know that it isn’t the rain you smell at all. The leaves of the creosote bush, one of the commonest desert shrubs in Arizona, give off a thick sweet odor during periods of high humidity or rain. The smell so often associated with rain is actually the creosote thirsting for a drink.
Here's hoping that the renewal of life that comes with the monsoon season rain has the same effect on the human beings who inhabit this earth. We desperately need some positive empowerment, at least I do.

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