by Lee Shainen LIVING IN THE desert where the annual rainfall is perhaps ten inches, one paradoxically, learns a lot about rain. Considering that all of the rain falls in two distinct and short seasons, one also learns to distrust annual averages. We have winter rains and summer rains with only a rare surprise rain in between. Commonly but inaccurately known as monsoons, the summer rains, or chubascos, are accompanied by a rolling orchestra of thunder and lightning. The storms come quickly on driving winds, down narrow corridors of terrain, dump enormous amounts of water, cause rapid and often violent flooding, […]
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