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The Long Awaited Long Rains

It’s still green here amongst the dust – the occasional shower has helped in that respect, but day by day it remains hot and no significant rain has fallen in  three months – save for one downpour. Every shower is eagerly anticipated, but it is short-lived and turns the hot air humid. 

As the weeks pass, the ground gets ever dustier, the grass ever more parched, the trees and bushes droop ever more lowly to the ground.

   
   

I am a self-confessed lover of heat and dislike rain, yet I find myself craving that which I dislike. It would be nice to have some significant rain to cool the air, to dampen the dust and revive the plants. Even though it would herald the Long Rains (which get shorter with every passing day) it would be welcome. 

There may be signs it’s on it’s way as temperatures have dropped back to a mere 27°C from the mid-30s  (one report records 38°C) of last week. The next week is reportedly more showery and cooler. With even these temperatures beating anything a good summers day in the UK could produce we.’re not talking cold snap here just mild relief and a little less sweat. 

For now we await the Long Rains – I’m sure I’ll soon be complaining – we Brits are never satisfied with the weather for long!


Aftermath

This morning we had a lot of rain. We were woken by an enormous thunder clap and the rain fell in torrents for an hour or so.
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The resultant rains left an aftermath on the roads and paths. The roads and paths here are mainly mud and sand so they turn into rivers washing away the surface and forming ridges.

For reference here is a walk to school in time before the rains.

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Totally Tropical

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I love a good thunderstorm me! A real humdinger with all the sky ablaze with lightning and full of the sounds of thunder. We don’t seem to get them much in MK. Indeed as far as I knew the storms were due over Friday night into Saturday, but here they are at 3am on Friday morning and I’m wide awake and blogging it 🙂
I imagine we will get some fantastic storms over Lake Victoria and Mwanza. Looking forward to it.20140718-033158-12718937.jpg

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