Approaching Storm

It has been stinking hot today – about 35 degrees – but the cool change is just blowing in now. Mid grey and dark grey (almost silver in parts) thunder clouds are slowly gliding by from the West. The breeze is gusting and carries the warm scent of water; and the first few bulbous drops of rain have hit the concrete, leaving a temporary stain. Now more are on their way and a low growl of thunder just rolled by. It’s beautiful.
Now, suddenly, it’s really started. Massive raindrops spear into the bitumen and explode in a conical fury. Our shoddy roof guttering can’t cope with the volume and sends crooked columns of water gusghing over the far end.
And then it’s over. As quickly as that. Five minutes only. At least for now.

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