I was not counting on much rain yesterday. There was a nice blob of red on the radar, but it headed to the south. There was one little red blob to the far west end of the county, but it didn't look promising. At the start of the 5 o'clock news the blob was a little bigger. At the end of the news it was bigger and closer. At the start of the 6 o'clock, it was covering the entire west side of the city. Woohoo! I ran outside. There was the rumble of thunder and a few *tink* *tinks* as small hail started to hit the patio cover. I ran inside to shut off the sprinklers that had just started. I then went back outside to enjoy the show. Soon it was pouring buckets. Lightning was flashing directly overhead with a few *flash* *booms*. The rain barrels quickly filled. The grass and garden got a good soaking. It was intense, but not quite enough to get the arroyo flowing (I'll have to investigate more thoroughly on walkies today). Like all good monsoon rains it was over in less than 30 minutes. The sun popped out and caused a nice rainbow to the east where the storm was still raging. The temps also dropped into the 70's making it a perfect evening. Textbook monsoon season.