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Singin' in the rain...

We're getting afternoon storms most days, usually around 4 o'clock. They last for about half an hour and drop anywhere between 10 & 30mm of rain. It doesn't sound like much but it all adds up. This is the lifeblood of the Kimberley. This is what gets us through the next Dry season.

You wouldn't think someone from Belfast would get excited about the rain but when you haven't seen proper rainfall for 6 or 7 months this shit is exciting, especially with the thunder and lightning that it brings. The temperature can drop from 32 to 22 in 15 minutes. It's about the only time I get close to feeling cold out here. The storms interrupt the satellite internet - so if you're streaming music or fluffing around on the computer everything comes to a standstill. It's as if Mother Nature wants to make sure you don't miss the show.

I went to sleep outside last night on my sleeping mat as I often do - no tent, no swag, no mozzie dome - just me and the stars and a big multi-cell storm flashing on the horizon. I saw more lightning last night that in my entire life, no exaggeration. This is what the Wet season is all about.

We have just surpassed the December average of 180mm rainfall, with a week remaining to hopefully make up the 100mm shortfall from November. Fingers crossed.


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