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Rain in Kuwait

Lots of rain, peals of thunder, lightning strikes and lots of rain! The Qatteri Cat is totally freaked out, running from the leaking window with it’s new drip drip drip to the windows – he thinks the rain drops are bugs or something, and makes that eh-eh-eh-eh-eh sound cats make when they see birds. Rain!

I am laughing; who would think this PacificNorthwest gal would be celebrating rain – we get so much rain out there in the PNW. But even when there was a huge rainstorm here in Kuwait last year, we didn’t see any where we live, or only a drop or two, not even enough to smear a window or create a puddle. Now Rain! Real rain!

When it started, I was driving. We got home as soon as we could; the first rains turn the highways into grease slicks.

Remember – this is not California, where people might stop and dance for joy at the parking lights. (California has droughts, too.) Dancing for joy only allowed in the privacy of your own home!

Update – an hour later it is still raining, and I have towels under several of my windows to collect the intrusion!

October 29, 2008 - Posted by | Community, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Social Issues, Weather


  1. Drat! No rain today where I am.

    Comment by DaisyMae | October 29, 2008 | Reply

  2. And on that note, so far, the weathermen here in Kuwait are batting 100% for accuracy. I wonder where they learn their trade…? At home, my dad scornfully insists that “All little boys who are liars grow up to be weathermen.” Or maybe it was my mother who told us that. In any case, it reflects the accuracy of the weather forecasts where I come from. We did better putting a rock outside the door and checking it every morning. lol

    Comment by DaisyMae | October 29, 2008 | Reply

  3. Dancing for joy only allowed in the privacy of your own home!


    Comment by Mrm | October 29, 2008 | Reply

  4. Sorry, Daisy Mae. It is still coming down, it’s been pretty steady for an hour, although the thunder and lightning seems to have passed.

    LLOOLLL at putting a rock outside!

    Glad I could give you a laugh, Sweet Mrm. 🙂 I lived in California during a huge drought, and when it ended, people really did dance in the streets. It was such a miracle, and California is . . . well, California.

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 29, 2008 | Reply

  5. I miss the rainstorms we’d get in California – especially those that would last 3 or 4 days. Granted the aftermath wasn’t always great, but at least my car didn’t look like a zebra when I came out the next day!
    But yes, rain in Kuwait!! Freaked me out last night – thought someone turned the hose on the window!

    Comment by Bry | October 29, 2008 | Reply

  6. I’m glad it’s raining in your area, nothing here

    Comment by pearls | October 29, 2008 | Reply

  7. yes lovely lovely rain. was amazing, the lovely breeze the fresh smell of wet soil. Took some pics, will be posting them soon. It was such a wonderful sight! 🙂

    Comment by onlooker | October 29, 2008 | Reply

  8. A LOT of rain! Welcome, Bry. You’re a long way from California. No dancing in the streets. 🙂

    Sorry, Pearls. It rained generously. Hope some comes your way soon. 🙂

    Oh Onlooker, you are right, it smells divine, and oh, the wind. Can hardly wait to see your photos – I stayed inside! 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 29, 2008 | Reply

  9. Where?
    We got nothing 😦

    Comment by jewaira | October 29, 2008 | Reply

  10. send US some….pleeeze!

    Comment by grammy | October 30, 2008 | Reply

  11. I was south of the city, Jewaira, when it rained. And rained. More than an hour straight of steady rain.

    Gladly, Grammy. In Kuwait, people are praying for rain this Saturday – a special country-wide prayer, how cool is that?

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 30, 2008 | Reply

  12. 😦 me was inside too!! so the pics are just ones taken from inside!! was thinking it wouldve been great to have taken it while on the move. anyhow just glad we did get to see it going by your other responses from people who never got to see it!! 🙂

    Comment by onlooker | October 30, 2008 | Reply

  13. I agree, Onlooker. Being able to experience this rain was a total blessing. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 30, 2008 | Reply

  14. The noise, the smell, the puddles and more… It was wonderful…

    Comment by Bu Yousef | October 30, 2008 | Reply

  15. And how does your garden grow, Bu Yousef? 🙂

    Comment by Intlxpatr | October 30, 2008 | Reply

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