We’ve had a very dry Dry season this year, with no rain to speak of for five months. In fact, the BoM records say that we had almost exactly 10mm (total) from mid-May to mid-October. That dry spell was interrupted on Wednesday this week with falls of 10mm at the airport, 25mm here in Mundingburra and (according to the Bulletin) up to 60mm in Northern beach suburbs.
It has been coming for a while. We have been seeing clouds building up behind Mount Stuart in the afternoons and drifting off to the south, while the weather radar shows us storms between here and the Burdekin, and Mount Stuart often has a cap of cloud in the mornings as described two years ago.
The plants and wildlife have been anticipating the rain, too, responding to the increased humidity more than to the temperatures, which are only slightly higher.
I wrote about the Storm-birds’ arrival a fortnight ago; they are still around, getting steadily noisier. The frangipanis are beginning to show leaves and buds after months of looking quite dead, and many other trees have recently flowered or are doing so right now.
Even our dove orchids thought it might be going to rain: last weekend two of our three clumps put on a small show of blossom – not the full-on declaration of a wet spell which they are supposed to give us but a quiet, “Hey, maybe we might get a bit of rain sometime fairly soon.”