We haven't had any precipitation for weeks, and the area is EXTREMELY dry. For farming purposes, the entire state has been declared a disaster area. The weather forecast has included a chance of pop-up showers for the past few days, but we never got lucky. Until last night, when we won the rain lottery.
Shortly after 9:00 I heard a strange sound outside. When it happened a second, then third time, I realized it was thunder in the distance. Nothing came of it. A short time later I heard another clap of thunder, and then rain hitting the roof. The shower only lasted a few minutes, and stopped as quickly as it started. Later in the evening as I was getting into bed I heard more thunder, and intense rain started coming down. This time it lasted for about ten minutes. According to the official record we got .75".
In the scheme of things our "win" was like getting a dollar on a scratcher ticket, but even the little bit of water was nice. This morning the plants on the deck and in the garden glistened with droplets, and the grass looked just a little bit greener. There's another chance of rain in the area today, and I'm selfish enough to hope that it hits my neighborhood again.