Thursday, 28 February 2008

When it Rains it Pours!

The forecast for today was "Light Thunderstorms containing Rain". It hasn't rained much in Buenos Aires since I got here and that's a good thing as far as I'm concerned. It did snow for first time in 90 years the week before I arrived but its been dry and sunny since (I know, it's tough out here! ;-))


The forecast is usually fairly accurate here and sure enough, I awoke around 4am with the sound of thunder followed by rain. I got out of bed and closed the windows to stop the splashes getting in. I went back to sleep amidst the sound of raindrops beating against window. I woke up at 8am with a now familiar sound of more raindrops beating against window, only heavier, stronger and faster. By 10am, the rain was falling with such force, it was like a giant power hose from the heavens. This continued for several hours, but then, as it always does the sun came out.

Photos: Light Thunderstorms with Rain

In the aftermath, roads were flooded, trees were blown over and more than 500 people had to be evacuated from the worst affected areas in the city. I spent the afternoon searching the internet for an inflatable dingy as I want to be totally prepared for when the "Heavy Thunderstorms containing Rain" arrive!

6 comments:

Baino February 28, 2008 3:09 pm  

Wow. It's that biatch La Ninia! She's causing havoc over here as well. We've had a smattering of sunshine since Christmas and I can see the grass grow! Better break out the gum boots! Hope those pics aren't from your window!

Shaunj February 28, 2008 3:12 pm  

So when do the rains come? :/

Quickroute February 28, 2008 4:46 pm  

Shaunj: not sure when the rains come but I'm building an Ark just in case :-)

Baino: I thought everyday was sunny down there?! - La Ninia has a lot to answer for!

Siao Wearn,  February 28, 2008 5:51 pm  

Hmmm.. Feeling much better now about our 2 days of sun + 2 days of cloud + 2 days of howling wind and rain in Torres del Paine.
Not throwing out those rain pants before we head back to BA next week then.

Queen Of Clean February 28, 2008 6:31 pm  

Jebus...lucky you live upper deck!

Why don't you entice those lovely pooches onto the balcony with a tasty steak..then throw it for them.....*spash*

That's what we call a soft day...remember!

Quickroute February 28, 2008 8:13 pm  

SW: You're lucky you got 2 days of sun down there and yes hang on the waterproofs, forecast is for more of the same!

Queenie: you have a cruel streak in you! A rather genius cruel streak at that!

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