After over two decades of living along the coast in Oregon I didn’t think I could get happily excited about rain, but the small storm that arrived had me blissfully grinning. The change in climate over the past few years has Mexican weather moving into California, California weather shifting north to dry up Oregon, and continues the pattern to reach and melt the Arctic. This has reduced our usual winter rain and left our inland mountains, always vulnerable to lightning-caused blazes, dry and fire-plagued.
Rain is welcome and the ground has slurpped it up.
If the climate experts are right it is but a respite. The ocean currents are predicted to bring a winter of rain and then drought conditions resume. I only hope people will continue their attention to treating water as a limited resource and not some infinite thing to squander. Being conscious, or at least more conscious, of our personal effect upon the world must be an imperative.