Yes. You've got it! Rain!!
It is warm, it is Summer,therefore there are rain clouds. That seems to be the logic of it.
It is very pleasant weather for most of the time but every now and then huge black clouds come in - my friend G, if she is reading this, will no doubt know what kind of clouds they are- and then there is a downpour. On Monday we had two downpours. The first one in the early afternoon when the rain came down so fast that it poured off the house roof, bringing great clods of moss with it, missed the guttering and cascaded down the windows. When it stopped I could hardly see out for mud. Lo and behold, ten minutes later my window-cleaner arrived. He had been working two miles away and they had had no rain there. Half an hour later he left, leaving behind sparkling windows. Two hours later rain cascaded down again, rain poured off the roof.............need I go on.
I read somewhere that the Inuit have thirty different descriptive words for snow. Well up there above the Arctic Circle snow must feature heavily in their lives. It would seem to me that on this island of ours, where the weather is heavily influenced by the vagiaries of the jet stream, where we frequently get WEATHER off the Atlantic (often via Ireland, where BT The Gardener
often complains about wet weather), we have a fair number of descriptive words for rain too.
I gathered a few together:-
Fine rain - this kind of rain is so fine that you can hardly see it falling. It is only when you get out in it, without wet weather gear, that you find yourself soaked to the skin as it wraps itself round you like an all-enclosing blanket.
Misty rain - up here in the hills we get a lot of this and what it usually means is that the cloud is very low and we are walking about in it.
Gentle rain - this is the kind that we love on a nice Spring day. We feel like walking out in it - we hold our hands out to catch it and say "this will be doing a lot of good for the flowers."
Steady rain - the farmer's favourite. This is the rain that gently soaks into the garden, swells the peas in the pod. If you have recently weeded then it cleans up your work no end and makes everything look fresh and clean.
Thundery rain - Kids love this. It bounces on the road like dancing fairies; it rattles on the roof
courses down the gutters, fills the drains. Marvellous fun if you are under ten and wearing wellies!
Pouring rain - not to be confused with the above. This only falls on very, very wet days and is quite unforgiving.
Horizontal rain - always accompanied by the serious gale, this rain cuts into you, hits your face like shards of ice, is thoroughly unpleasant.
I'm sure you can think of more descriptive words for rain. All I know is:-
Rose heads hang heavy in it.
Lady's Mantle leaves collect it like crystals.
Peas swell visibly in the pod with it.
Strawberries moulder in it.
Children revel in it, splashing in the puddles.
Cats hate it, lifting each paw daintily as they make their way through it to complain at the back door.
Must stop there. It is raining again. Have to get the washing in.