” I love the rain. I want the feeling of it on my face.”

The weather is the same as it’s been. The paper calls today partly cloudy. I always think of that forecast as a half-full or half-empty sort of weather observation. Why can’t it be partly sunny? For tomorrow, the first day of summer, Mother Nature is doing herself proud. She’s bringing on the sun and the heat, maybe even into the 80’s. Finally I get to shed this sweatshirt!

I have the Weather Channel app on this computer. It is set to give me the weather in South Dennis and in Accra. If I were in Accra, I’d be writing about the weather being the same every day: highs in the low-80’s, lows in the mid-70’s and the possibility (60%) of thunder showers every day. It is, after all, the rainy season. I loved the rainy season and the fierce thunder storms which came after winds strong enough to blow furniture over and whip trees. Where I lived was savannah grassland. Most of the year it is brown and dead, but when the rains come, the grass is green and tall. Millet grows in all the fields, and the market stalls are filled with fresh produce. That is why I have chosen to go back to Ghana and Bolgatanga in August again this year. The rains will still come every day. Some will be drenching while others will be misty and cooling. We always went about our business  in the rain. We never had umbrellas. I don’t even remember seeing any. We knew when the rain stopped the sun would return and dry us, but I remember well the feeling of being wet and cool while walking in the rain.

When I was a kid, nothing was better than a summer rain. We’d run and play and get soaked doing it.  We’d kick water at each other from the rivers roaring through the gutters on the street. I remember my hair soaken wet and plastered to my head. I remember my arms stretched out to the sides as I stood in the rain, and I remember laughing from sheer joy.

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25 Comments on “” I love the rain. I want the feeling of it on my face.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Christer
    Perhaps a favor today from the Plastic Swede against France. Maybe he will get past sledging the goalie (Joe Hart) and bang a couple in which would help England 🙂
    Enjoy the match and hopefully England get a result this afternoon against the Ukraine.
    Kat, heading downtown to watch Verlander go this evening.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      As usual, I suspect he’ll pitch a great game! I’ll watch my Sox tonight play the Marlins.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    There is actually a difference between partly sunny and partly cloudy but no one seems to agree on what it is except that one would never say it was partly sunny at night. It has something to do with amount of sky covered by clouds, opacity of the cloud cover and whether or not the weather is going to improve or deteriorate. I think.
    I love to walk out in the rain. Especially those soft, warm summer rains that have come after a lot of hot weather. The heat from the ground mixed with the wetness makes everything smell wonderful. The puddles are warm. It’s great!

    I think it’s mostly cloudy here today even though they said it was going to be sunny. The breeze is a bit cool. Hard to believe that tomorrow is supposed to be in the upper 90’s.

    Enjoy the football, guys!

    Enjoy your day, Kat.

    • Hedley Says:

      Thank you Caryn, I am on the countdown 🙂
      Hedley

      • olof1 Says:

        We can’t see the England match live here today since they play at the same time as we swedes do!!?? It’s two different tv companies so I can’t understand why! My fingers are crossed and I hold my thumbs for good luck to England!

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Caryn! I always figured it had more to do with disposition (not really but it sounds as if it were so!). Now I’ll end up lookinh up the difference between the two!

      Those soft summer rains are my favorite. I sometimes sit outside on the deck reading under the umbrella and staying dry while it rains all around me. I love the smell of the rain on the hot summer pavement. Sometimes I swear you can even hear the sizzle!

      The sun had more than its share of the day today while I was outside reading. It is still only 68° which is about as high as it got. We’re due for around 80° tomorrow, the hottest it will have been so far.

      I’m off to the movies!

      Enjoy your evening!

  3. Bob Says:

    Tomorrow is the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. Of course, the weather watchers are predicting our first chance of 100 degree heat this weekend. It has been unusually humid for June. Generally we get the humidity and rain in April and May.

    When I was a kid we would go outside in our swimsuits and play among the rain drops and splash in the puddles. If we heard thunder or saw lighting we would run for cover inside the house. Luckily, no one in our neighborhood was struck by lighting nor were any of their house torn apart by a tornado. In tropical climates, like in Ghana there are really only two. Seasons, wet and dry. Here in North Texas we have only two seasons, hot and cold with a short transitional Spring and Fall.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      We will have our warmest day so far as well but not nearly as warm as you’ll be Our humidity is generally an August arrival.

      You’re right about two seasons in Ghana, but there are variances in those two seasons. During December, in the dry season, the harmattan arrives bringing dust storms and cold nights. The temperature will sometimes drop thirty degress at night. In March or early April comes the humidity as the rains are getting close.

      We loved to splash puddles and get soaked in the rain!

  4. olof1 Says:

    I do like rainy summer days as long as they don’t come to often as they have lately. But we had sun all day here and it will continue like that until we stop working on Thursday around noon, then rainy weather will come again and continue all weekend 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I did like the rain when I was a kid, I used to go out and make canals between different puddles in the yard outside our apartment. If I was in the countryside I always made small boats from bark and big leafs as sails 🙂 Then I looked for a creek with lots of water it could follow 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • Hedley Says:

      THANK YOU CHRISTER !

      The Plastic Swede and a Larsson get it done and beat France.

      England beat Ukraine, win the group and set up a Quarter Final date on Sunday Afternoon with Italy 🙂

      COME ON ENGLAND

      • olof1 Says:

        It was nice to see that he actually is alive 🙂 🙂 🙂 A bit to late to show it though 🙂
        I do hope England wins it all now 🙂

        Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I’m with you in not wanting days and days of rain. I remember one summer when it rained at least three or four days every week. I was glad I lived here and had not rented a cottage.

      Rain is never an inconvenience when you’re a kid. It’s always an adventure!

  5. Birgit Says:

    Better warm rain than cold rain,
    but this summer I am still waiting for some more
    “Beautiful Sun”:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGZ0-dX78vM
    Little Miss Higgins (Canada)
    (More songs on http://www.littlemisshiggins.com ->music )

    Congratulations to England and Sweden!

    • Hedley Says:

      Thank you Birgit.
      Another reminder of why goalline technology is needed. But I will take the good fortune, catch my breath and steady myself for the Quarter Final clash with the Italians on Sunday.
      Christer’s team certainly did us a favor this afternoon. I guess the Plastic Swede can score but not when it really counts 🙂

      • Birgit Says:

        the “Wembley goal” World Cup Final 1966 is still on our minds 😉
        Another reason to meet England in the semi-finals 🙂

      • Hedley Says:

        Birgit
        And on reflection I wasnt that happy about the Lampard goal last time. Hope Merkel plays 🙂

      • Birgit Says:

        We need luck to beat greece
        (and better soccer than in the denmark game),
        but Merkel has to be goalkeeper.
        Yet she withstanded all attacks by the opposition
        and even more by her own team/party,
        but always last-minute, not early enough 😉
        In Germany the 1966 ghost goal is common national history
        and far more important than the 2010 game.

      • Hedley Says:

        Birgit
        Certainly understand, so imagine how I feel about Maradona and his “Hand of God” goal.
        These events are woven to in to our cultures never to be resolved.

        I am glad Angela has announced that she is on the way, the right thing to do

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I love this song! I hadn’t ever heard this singer before you posted this. Now I’m going to be checking her out! A delightful song!!!

      • Hedley Says:

        Birgit, of course Geoff went on to score another goal. For me the 1970 Gerd Muller goal against Bonetti stings. First you must beat Greece and I see that your famous Chancellor is already on her way to the game. Merkel might play in the defense.

  6. Zoey & Me Says:

    That’s a summer rain Kat. A spring rain is cold and nasty. I love rain too, but love to sit on the enclosed patio and listen to it especially a hard rain, fierce with winds that bend the tree branches.

    • katry Says:

      Z&Me,
      You’re right about the gentleness of a summer rain. Winter rain is the worst-bone-chilling.

      I remember watching one of the first rains in Ghana after the dry season. A bolt of lightning struck the ground in front of my house and the ground was too dry and hard to absorb the rain so there were small rivers of rain all over. It was spectacular.

  7. Pierre Says:

    You wouldn’t want it in your face here in Mornington Kat. Has not stopped all day & predicted not to stop untill Saturday.
    Plus it’s so cold that the Brass Monkeys are running around with squeaky voices.

    I bet the Humback whales froloicking in the bay here on Tuesday, have packed their bags & head to the sunnier climes of Queensland.

    • Kat Says:

      Mon Ami, Pierre,
      I pity the poor brass monkeys!

      Winter rain is the worst, and you’re right-I wouldn’t want it. The damp seeps into the bones, and it’s so difficult to stay warm!

      Snuggle under a blanket, put on some music and enjoy the day!


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