The Raisin Effect

For the past three weeks Bill and I have watched approaching rainstorms with high hope and baited breath.  We’ve witnessed the Haboobs, those monstrous walls of dust that form in the east and barrel across the valley to ultimately envelope us here in the west.  We’ve stared with longing at the black, roiling clouds that moved steadily toward our house, holding the promise of much needed rain.  We’ve tracked the oncoming storms from our windows and on the TV news radar.  But each time the impending rain touches the outskirts of Sun City, it suddenly evaporates only to reform on the opposite side of town.  And this phenomenon isn’t exclusive to this summer’s storm activity; it seems to happen regularly during our monsoon season.

We’ve spent a lot of time trying to rationalize possible reasons for this strange weather event and it usually involves the use of rum.  Proposals have ranged from a curse placed on the city by an irate gypsy snowbird to the development of a heat island caused by all the gravel landscaping (there is very little grass in Sun City).

Our latest hypothesis, however, is one that we believe holds the most water(ha ha).  We now feel that it actually is raining in Sun City but all the dried out, wrinkled seniors are soaking the moisture out of the air so quickly that the rain never has a chance to hit the ground.  This is why nothing below shoulder level is getting wet and the radar actually shows the storm creating a doughnut hole of clear sky that surrounds Sun City.  This also explains why many of the residents often look like puffed up, hydrated weebles for a day or two days after it storms.

We feel that this theory is the most plausible and we will continue to promote it to family, friends and possible through a drunken letter to the editor of the Sun City paper.  At least until Bill and I switch from rum to tequila.


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