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IN THE FIELD: Where Are April’s Showers?

The weather patterns we have been experiencing where we live are most unusual for April. Trees are showing their buds and spring bulbs have been blooming as expected for this time of year. But it has been unseasonably warm and extremely windy for almost two weeks. The biggest concern is we haven’t had any measurable rain since mid March, although light showers have been forecasted almost every day. We see the storms on the radar, but they never make it to our area. There must be some kind of force field over us which prevents the rain from reaching the ground.

Last night, major thunderstorms were predicted to move into the area from the Northwest. And judging by the foreboding skies approaching us, flashes of lightning and rumbles of thunder, we thought for sure the heavens would open to give the trees and plants a well deserved drink.

Nope…the force field remained in place and we received only a sprinkle at daybreak. In fact, everything was dry by 10:00 in the morning.

Does anyone know a good rain dance?


  1. April 16, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Yes, I know we may need rain but be careful what you wish for. This weather has been so goofy who knows what we may get! That picture looks perfect for “things that go bump” in the night 🙂

    • April 16, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      Yes, things were a bumping Saturday night…thunder, lightning, more thunder, more lightning…nothing but a spritz in the morning. Just hope it rains and doesn’t monsoon!!!

  2. April 16, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I know quite a few proper and good raindances! Too bad I don’t have a videocamera… They work really well here and I’m sure they could outpower any force field! Good luck with the rain! (scary, dark clouds make some good photos though!)

    • April 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      Drat…wish you could have video taped some of the better dances. Weather folks are predicting rain next week. We’ll see. Today it’s 86 degrees out…too early for that! The clouds Saturday night were pretty darn scary…I thought for sure we would get some kind of weather. Oh well, soon I hope!

  3. April 16, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Sorry, can’t dance. 😦 Great photo, David.

    • April 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Me neither…maybe if I actually washed the Jeep in the driveway that may spur something!

  4. April 16, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Oh my dear friend David, this weather problems make me worry… In here we had so much rain during weekend… It wasn’t normal… In somewhere else, like your place, there is no rain even it is needed… and in other place there is too much rain that not needed… What happened to our climates… I hope and wish you to get nice rain soon… Otherwise it it would be bad for nature world… I am afraid I don’t know any rain dance but here I pray with all my heart for this dear David, my fingers crossed too. Thank you, with my love, nia

    • April 16, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      Thanks for the concern Nia, I think the earth is just going through a cycle where weather patterns shift and then they will shift back again. It happens about every 10 years or so. Thanks for praying and keeping your fingers crossed!

  5. April 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    We have had very dry conditions here in England too and many drought warnings have been issued. We have, however, had a few days of very much welcome rain over the past week. It’s important to note these observations I think.

    • April 17, 2012 at 8:32 am

      We have had the same conditions here…fire dangers every day. I’m sure the rain will show up soon enough!

  6. April 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    We had a little rain last Friday, but we’re several inches below normal for this time of year. April is traditionally called “mud season,” due to melting snow and ice and ample rain ponding on the still-frozen ground. This year, there’s no ice, little rain, and the ground has long-since thawed. No mud in sight. Just continued reminders of fire danger. It’s more like mid-summer than mid-April.

    • April 17, 2012 at 8:35 am

      Same here…it was 87 degrees here yesterday. I’m not ready for that kind of heat. Thankfully it’s only supposed to reach 75 today and cooler yet tomorrow. I’m sure we will get rain soon…nature has it’s reasons!

  7. April 16, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Can’t help with a rain dance. Two weekends ago we had 8 inches of snow. Last weekend we had pouring rain followed by 3 inches of snow. Hope you get rain soon.

    • April 17, 2012 at 8:36 am

      Not many folks know a good rain dance. Wow you guys are still getting snow! Amazing! Rain is predicted for next week.YAY!!!

  8. April 17, 2012 at 1:18 am

    We haven’t had a lot of rain either, but it’s cool and the small showers help some.I hope for a lot more before summer!

    • April 17, 2012 at 8:37 am

      It’s cooling done a bit now, but we are not even seeing small showers. I know what’s going to happen…we hope for rain and we will get monsoons! Oh well!

  9. Nandini
    April 17, 2012 at 5:17 am

    This is a very pretty photograph. Really liked it! 🙂

    • April 17, 2012 at 8:39 am

      Thanks Nandini, I love to photograph storm clouds…unfortunately these didn’t amount to much. Someday soon!!!

  10. April 17, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I think we may be getting your showers, each one is certainly very heavy when it comes.

    • April 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

      We may be getting some rain this morning..radar shows a huge storm. We’ll see!!!

  11. April 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Great photo for the cover of a scary book.

    • April 18, 2012 at 9:07 am

      Hey Gerry…you may be on to something there!

  12. Jo Woolf
    April 18, 2012 at 1:55 am

    That is such a beautiful photo. Rain dance – try some Scottish music, and some of our weather will be over there before you can say Rabbie Burns!

    • April 18, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Hey great idea!!! Sharon has a collection of Scottish and celtic music…this may just be the ticket!!

  13. April 18, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Thank you very much for your ‘likes’ on my posts about the trip to Senegal for the Wedding – still more to come!
    I agree with Gerry’s comment about great cover for a scary book!

    • April 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      You are quite welcome! It looked like a great time was had by all. Someday we will have an opportunity to travel overseas. I am envious of all the travels our fellow bloggers get to partake in. For us, the budget doesn’t allow traveling…at the moment. come to think of it, I wouldn’t know where to go first!

      • April 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm

        For me the trip we had to Petra, the ‘rose red city half as old as time many years ago is the one I will never forget.. Walking through the Siq, through streets where the Nabateans once trod, up the steps to the Monastery was one of the most profound travelling experiences I have ever had. When you have the money, that’s the one to do first!!

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