I hear in other parts of the world they have this word for when "water falls from the sky"…. Here in the Arizona desert, the first rare bits of summer rain are quite magical, and well worth stopping doing whatever you think is important, and go outside and just soak it in.
Back when listened to radio in my car (pre-iPod), oner of local Phoenix DJs nicknamed “Bone Mama” would sometimes alert us to “an outbreak of weather”– a freakish event where the sky was not brilliant blue and the sun not even visible.
The first real rain of summer is happening right now, the build up of the summer “Monsoon” patterns, when the winds shift their regular pattern to bring moisture from the Sea of Cortez, and when this hits the strong thermals rizing over the desert– kaboom! a perfect recipe for a thunderstorm.
The patterns begin with gradual increases in humidity (from like zero to a bit aboive zero, but noticable), picking up with afternoon wind gusts. The first disturbances are usually noisy, windy… and only dust. but eventually we get the real deal, and this morning it is …. what do they call it when water falls from the sky?