Tuesday, March 10, 2009

STORM CLOUDS OVER THE COUNTY


As I wrote yesterday, after 73 days with no precipitation we finally got some rain on the night of March 8, and continuing on yesterday, the 9th. The rainstorm was gradually moving eastward yesterday afternoon so I drove up the east side to the Cypress Hill neighborhood and took a few shots of the rain heavy clouds moving away. In this arid part of the country you rarely see such large rainclouds as are in this photo. In the distance you can see the outline of the Sandia Mountains. A large amount of rain fell there, thankfully, which substantially reduces the fire danger. Last summer, because of a similar dry spell, there was a major fire on the mountains which took about a week to halt and which destroyed several homes and buildings costing hundreds of thousands of dollars and ruined hundreds of acres of forest lands.

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