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May Rainstorm

We had a great day yesterday – we organized and worked all morning, then quit, dressed up and went out for lunch with people we really enjoy. We didn’t rush – we had one of those long, lingering lunches where the conversation flits from here to there and even after several hours, you know you still have plenty of topics left to discuss – and that there will be a next time.

On our way home, a few huge drops hit the windshield and AdventureMan said “oh look, a torrent!” because in Kuwait, unlike Seattle, unlike Germany, rain is precious, and even a little is treasured.

He spoke too soon, however. The rain stopped. Then, another few minutes later, the real rainstorm, short and sweet, happened, just enough to wash all the dust spots from the two day’s previous dust storm, off. (Meaning one day of dust storm, and one day of lingering dust haze.) A few bolts of lightening, a few rumbles of thunder, but nothing earth-shaking.

The smell of the rain falling in a dry and dusty country is unbelievably sweet. You smell dust, but you also smell freshness. The heat – it was 36°C/ about 90°F – seems to ramp up the clean smell.


It was short, intense, and sweet. All too soon, it ended.

May 17, 2009 - Posted by | ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Weather


  1. that short rainstorm happened as I was getting into my car after casting my vote, I took it as a good sign… and indeed it was! we have 4 women MPs! I am elated!
    I hope the political tension eases, I know it will probably not, but I am happy today! 😀
    have a nice day intlxpatr 😀

    Comment by noura | May 17, 2009 | Reply

  2. oooh i loved the black cloud moving above and the sound of thunder coupled with the flash of lightining through the blinds 😀

    It is precious i tell u that…

    by the way we call this season in q8 “sarayat” and it’s pronounced “Sar.Ra.Yaat” … if only we had them all year round :`(

    Comment by Daddy's Girl | May 17, 2009 | Reply

  3. aghh! we need more rain and clean weather in here!

    Comment by Ahmed's 819 | May 17, 2009 | Reply

  4. yeah, nothing to beat that heady smell of damp soil! 🙂 loved it!

    Comment by onlooker | May 17, 2009 | Reply

  5. Wooo HOOO, Noura! I am astonished and delighted! FOUR women, and I am told they are all educated, capable, and not-your-shrinking-violets. Wooo HOOO for Kuwait!

    Thank you, Daddy’s Girl. I didn’t think Sarrayat carried into late May, but I guess I was wrong! The rain was all the more precious for being so unexpected. 🙂

    Welcome Ahmed, I am delighted to have another reader in the crowd. 🙂

    Did you take any photos, Onlooker? LOL, I see you haven’t done a blog entry since late April!

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 17, 2009 | Reply

  6. noura –

    BBC has a good article on the women being elected.

    Comment by bitjockey | May 18, 2009 | Reply

  7. bitjockey,
    Thank you for the link 🙂

    Comment by noura | May 18, 2009 | Reply

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