In the middle of the summer, this area can get a tenth of an inch of rain a month. Mostly, it pours (if we're lucky) mid-winter, and is dry all summer. The occasional thundershower might punctuate the endless browning of the grass, the cracking of the clay soils. When clouds come in like they did last night, I just assume it's the marine layer, fog. But I heard raindrops on the old stovepipe in the roof this morning, looked out, and YAY! Rain! The crops are saved!
(Also: I always say "rain, the crops are saved" because of the old shampoo commercial from the seventies that no one else remembers.)
Yay, Mediterranean climate. Yay, occasional interrupting shower, so I don't have to use the brand new irrigation system today.
I collect natural history, environmental, and geography books, almost compulsively. I look for used versions where I can (to save paper) but also appreciate that many of these books come out in runs of a few thousand copies, and aren't profit-makers for the publishing companies, so when they come out new, I buy them while they're new. If you like Geographile and want to let me know, please either comment on my posts, or visit my Powell's wishlist to feed my book collection. You might find books you like there, too.