Tuesday, May 30, 2006


The Monsoon approaches. The last week has seen some thunderstorms, the electric fireworks accompanied with a modest amount of precipitation. This evening was no exception and there were a few flashes and rumbles after our swim. After getting changed we popped out to the corner shop, all of five minutes walk away. There were a few spots of rain, but since it is warm rain nothing to worry about. We were in the shop for about ten minutes, paid for our supplies, and headed off. The skies looked perfectly normal looking out of the shop door, overcast and grey as they were ten minutes earlier. Turning around and heading towards home revealed a different story: a wall of black lit up with violet lightening bolts. The only cloud I've seen as dark was last year's Birmingham tornado which passed fairly close to the UK office. That was wind, this was rain and this was bigger. Within a couple of minutes it was upon us. The picture shows the aftermath of walking for three minutes through the deluge. What it doesn't show was that we were soaked through within seconds. Only three or four months of this to go.


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