It begins to rain, lightly, gently. And thunder rumbles in the distance as the rest rolls in: torrents of rain, the sky as black as night, the wind roaring and bending trees and tearing off branches. A co-worker observes he's new to this area, and is this normal? (Not commonplace, but not freakish, either.) And then the rain is gentle and the sky glowing yellow, and within an hour of when it first started to rain, I walk out under a cloudy but still showing blue sky, without a drop falling. And when I reached home, much of the garden was wet, and indeed rather wet, but parts in the lee of bushes are still dry.