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Kinds of rain ...

Posted Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at 9:43 AM

And the next day it rained. Rain, rain go away come again another day. I don't know about you but I have had enough rain to last me for a long time. People down the Mississippi have had it up to "ear" in flooding.

All this rain has caused me to ponder the various kinds of rain that fall across the land. I am inspired to pull them out of the file, dry them off and share them.

There is the "no need for umbrella" kind of rain. In a drought people gather at the place of worship to pray for rain but no one brings an umbrella which seems a contradiction.

A perplexing rain for farmers is "concrete rain" where it rains over an inch in town and out in the country they get .03 inches.

Then there is the "umbrella in the trunk of the car rain." It hasn't rained for so long that you carry your umbrella in the trunk of the car and don't even think about it. The obverse of that is the rain we have had in the spring of 2011. I have had to lubricate my umbrella three times to keep it from breaking, squeaking and burning out the bearing on the working mechanism. I have actually worn out four already.

Not this spring but there is the "teaser rain." The sky turns black, the temperature drops, a cool breeze kicks up, thunder rolls, lightning flashes and 52 drops splatter the dust on the car giving it a polka dot paint job.

"Ice water rain." We experienced this rain on Sunday. Suddenly the clouds darken and a rip occurs in the clouds and it absolutely pours down for 10 seconds accompanied with hail. Stops. Sun comes out. Birds fly. It also known as the mini-toad strangler.

"The Las Vegas odds rain." The weather forecaster says there is a 20 percent chance of rain the next three days and it rains for the next four.

I remember the "making hay rain." Dad would always try to make the right decision to cut hay. So if it hadn't rained in two weeks and there was no rain predicted so we would cut the alfalfa and sure enough it would rain for the next two days.

We had a "log floating, duck drowning rain" last night. A rain so hard that ducks and geese have been known to drown looking for a place to roost for the night. Some of them swim straight up hoping to rest in the tree tops or to at least get above the rain.

"Worms on Asphalt rain." What do worms think about? Perhaps they don't think. It happens every time there is a hard rain. Earl Earthworm comes up out of the ground and says, "I have always heard that life is better on the other side of the Sprawl-Mart parking lot. I'm going over there." Bad decision, Earl! He gets about a foot in the hot sun before his insides begin to boil and then he dries and looks like shoe laces from a logger's working boot.

I think we have had all of these this spring.

Larry grew up north of Calvertville on a farm and graduated from Worthington High School and Indiana State University. He can be reached at Goosecrick@aol.com or (317) 839-7656. Write him at 6860 Sunrise Drive, Plainfield, Ind., 46168. He has written five books.

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In Colorado, they have virga, where the air is so dry that the rain evaporates before hitting the ground.

-- Posted by Lil' Hahn on Tue, Jun 14, 2011, at 9:16 AM

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