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Moonsoons in the Mojave

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It’s monsoon season in the Mojave.

Coming home from work this afternoon,  I could see two storms creeping over the ridge like fat, puffy old men.  Rains pouring down the mountainsides in dark gray curtains. Unfortunately the storms are skirting a couple of lightning-started wildfires in The Park. Last time that happened, I was the host for a score of refugee jackrabbits and a couple of dozen quail. The latter are okay, though their calls to each other tends to come early in the morning. The rabbits, though, eat everything green they can reach.  Gonna be some fat coyotes soon, too.

Big old fat raindrops whacking the windshield. It’ll play hell with those coming back from the river or the back way from Las Vegas.  The CHP and the Sheriff’s deputies are already flying down the highway, lights flashing. Good thing they’re trained for that kind of driving;  I don’t think I’d want to do 85 down Suicide Highway. Joshua Tree is wet, though no floods. The fun must be farther down, where the grades are.

I grabbed this photo just before ducking into the house.  Funny thing is, to the right and all across the southern ridge, it’s blue skies and sun-bathed white clouds.  I wasn’t going to risk a lighting strike for that. Sorry.


Written by PappyBro

August 12, 2012 at 15:20

Posted in The Mojave

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  1. I miss those monsoons. The washes always claim a handful of victims who were just so sure their SUVs could handle a little water. And the smell of wet sage. Good Lord.


    August 16, 2012 at 20:18

    • The desert rats here know better than to go into the washes; it’s the recently arrived and the visitors that provide most of the news. We’ve been lucky here. The last fatalities were 3-plus years ago.

      Ah, wet sage… that’s an odor you never forget.


      August 17, 2012 at 17:42

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