Our first spring rain fell at 3am this morning. It was a hot thunderstorm. Cleo woke us up – she doesn’t like the thunder. I sat on the veranda in the dark watching the first drops fall. I wish I could describe the electric atmosphere and the smell. My cousin said to me today that you don’t get that smell anywhere else -she lives in Australia now. I have been in rain in many places in the world and I would have to agree. There is nothing like the first spring rains in Africa.
We had another storm at lunchtime today and it is threatening to fall again. The trees look greener already – it’s amazing how they seem to change overnight.
As I type up this post we have just had a warning over the radio of possibilities of severe thunderstorms for today and tomorrow. The sky is dark with cloud – lets hope that all these storms bring is good water for our land and that no one gets hurt. We have had two tornadoes in South Africa over the last 24 hours – almost unheard of in our country and people have been killed and injured. It’s so sad that this beautiful weather can also be so cruel.
While we have been so thankful for all the wonderful rain we have been having here in Hoedspruit, others further south have really been having a hard time with flooding.
Our summers here are usually extremely hot and we don’t get much rain. This summer we have had wonderfully warm temperatures and not the sweltering hot days that we are used to, and rain almost every day.
Our river (Blyde) is running strongly right now.
For those living in Pretoria and Johannesburg, 400 km’s away, this week has resulted in flooding in many areas.
Whether these strange weather patterns are due to the regular cycle of nature or on global warming is under debate right now. What we do know is that globally, the weather seems very different this season with snow in summer and flooding in Austrailia, to people being snowed in for days in the US and Europe in regions that normally don’t have that much snow – things do seem to be very different. So while we revel in the wonderful weather here, its important to keep in mind that there are many people around the world in desperate circumstances due to extreme weather.
(photos of floods taken from an email that is circulating – not sure who to credit)