“How beautiful is the rain!
After the dust and the heat,
In the broad and fiery street,
In the narrow lane,
How beautiful is the rain!”
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
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“Sunshine without rain makes a desert”
-- Arabian Proverb
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“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”
-- John Ruskin (1819-1900)
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Spring weather almost always includes showers. And the water from rain is, of course, essential for the survival of most life forms including human beings.
Actual “rainy days” aren’t as common as many people think. Rain usually comes in spurts, and a so-called rainy day will often include long non-rainy interludes.
As some of you know, rain has little impact on our hikes, except to heighten the beauty of waterfalls, rivers, and mountain streams that we regularly visit in spring.
With proper rainwear there’s no need to be uncomfortable when it rains. However, we actually find ourselves hiking in rain on only a handful of days each year.
For less experienced hikers who have concerns about rain, it can be a challenge to ignore all the negativity and weather-related fear-mongering that’s in the media.
Also, given the inaccuracy of weather forecasts, especially for the mountain areas where we hike, a predicted “rainy day” will sometime turns out to be a sunny one.
[Those of you who wait for a “perfect weather forecast” miss out on many beautiful hikes each year. Latest example: this past weekend, when there was a 50-70% chance of showers both days. Rain total on Saturday’s hike: none. Rain total on Sunday’s hike: none. Both days were great for hiking in the last of the melting snow].
Spring is by any measure a lovely season, with new plants and flowers appearing practically every day. Rain or shine, it’s a wonderful time to commune with nature.
Since some of you often ask questions about rain at this time of year, next week’s Update will include our annual review of “Rain & Weather Forecast Basics.”
-- Charlie Cook