Rain used to make the newsroom reporters duck.
Not necessarily to keep our hair from getting flat and wet, but so we wouldn’t get picked to cover the story.
Weather stories can be tedious. They need to be updated every time another road closes or opens, three drops of rain fall on the East Side or a roof shingle blows off in midtown.
Some staffers may have enjoyed the rain stories, but I don’t even enjoy the rain.
The reason I moved to Tucson from southern Oregon was to get away from constant downpours.
Places on the Pacific Coast can amass up to 122 inches per year.
Everything always smells like mildew, not unlike books from a thrift store basement.
Rain does have its high points. My dogs live to swim in the pools that form in the dusty riverbed. Rain also does wonders for removing patio and driveway debris.
It’s also fun to hear about the annual jerk who tries to drive through a flooded underpass.
For the record, Thursday morning’s rainfall hit 0.04 inches in Avra Valley and south of town. Wednesday night saw at least 1.64 inches in some midtown areas.
Check back during monsoon for more details.
Check out the rainfall map on your own whenever you’re bored: 126.96.36.199/perl/pima.pl
What’s your favorite Tucson weather condition and why?