It's been so long since it's rained, I had to look back in the archives
to remind myself what it looks like. The post below appeared originally on July 28, 2015.
1. Take attendance. Storms aren't as scary when I know where all the animals are.
2. Walk from window to window watching it because: a) it's always a novelty and b) it's fun to see impromptu creeks rise in the front yard.
3. Monitor this really cool website that shows where lightning is striking in real time.
4. Monitor the weather radar to gauge how much I need to worry and/or pray because I keep forgetting to procure emergency sandbags.
5. Stay inside until the lightning stops, more or less.
6. Go outside as soon as it's safe to check on the herd, clear culverts, redirect ditches, and otherwise splash around in the puddles.
7. Watch all the runoff from behind the barn drain into a mysterious hole.
8. Contemplate how city dwellers probably take storm drains for granted.
9. Listen to the coyotes and toads sing their happy songs.
10. Check the rain gauge and be grateful that New Mexico's drought has ended, at least for this year.