11 January 2006

Didn't It Rain? (Day 26)

I admit it, I'm soaked. I love the Pacific Northwest, so lush and green, but enough is enough. And I'm not just saying that because of the groundwater seeping into my basement.

Yes, we're on our 26th consecutive day of rain here. And it's not just the usual Northwest drizzle; this is serious. Average rainfall for January is 8 inches, and just a third of the way through the month we're already near 6 inches, with rain moistening the forecast for at least the five days. Put the hip-waders and rowboats on standby...

Even if you don't live here, this has ramifications for you. There may be agricultural impacts, or migrational effects (as people vacation or move permanently to drier climes). But what you'll notice in the immediate future is that SoundRoots rain on the brain. (The title of this posting comes from the great gospel song given voice by Marion Williams.) So here's the first of perhaps several precipitation-related postings.

[mp3] Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain
from the 1987 album Shaka Zulu [buy]
band website: www.mambazo.com

Do you know other rain-related world music songs? Please share!
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Mike Todd said...

I think we're on Day 25 here in Vancouver, BC. The record is 28, so we're going for it!

SpinTheGlobe said...

Ah, Mike, my brother to the north (I guess that's the Pacific Southwest, from your perspective, eh?). Seattle's record is 33 days; I'm not sure about Olympia. But it's clear from the increasing number of sliding slopes and flooding lakes and rivers that we're pretty saturated around here. I'm all for records, but maybe we could set the record with lighter rainfall. About the only break in the rain we've had today is when it hailed for 20 minutes. Yikes!

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite rain songs is Bob Marley's Kaya