Rain on the Plains


Rain on the Plains 

This is a photo of when it rained here. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen any rain around here. It seems if we do get any, it comes down a lot at once, then we go a long time before we get any more.

Here in the semi-arid region of west Texas and the south plains, rain, or the lack of it, is a main topic of conversation, everywhere you go. Everyone comments on us needing it, and will it ever rain again. It did rain for about 5 minutes a couple of weeks ago, but wasn’t even enough to measure. We still ran outside and marveled at it.

Some groups have prayer vigils for rain, others perform rain dances, and there has been times when the clouds were seeded with silver iodide or dry ice, to help bring the rain. We just never have enough.

At those times we do get a good rain, it causes flash flooding. A couple of those a year will be all we get. Our average rainfall for a year is only about 19 inches. That’s on a good year!

You can actually feel the relief people have when even a small amount of rain falls. People begin smiling more, and are animated and energetic again. Lots of times we run outside, just to feel the rain on us, after being without for so long. Then the next day, everyone will ask “Did it rain at your house?”, because sometimes it is hit or miss.

Rain clears the air of all the dusty, sandstorms, and seems to clear everyone’s head from the monotonous dryness of this area.

So, I’ve been thinking of songs that mention rain. Here are a few. Can you think of others? Rain is a very popular topic in all genres of songs.

  • “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” by B.J. Thomas
  • “Rhythm of the Rain” by the Cascades
  • “November Rain” by Guns ‘n Roses
  • “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor
  • “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • “A Hard Rain’s a’Gonna Fall” by Bob Dylan
  • “Rainy Night in Georgia” by Brooks Benton
  • “Purple Rain” by Prince
  • “Rainy Days and Mondays” by the Carpenters
  • “Rain on the Roof” by the Lovin’ Spoonful
  • “Kentucky Rain” by Elvis Presley


note – I wrote this back in April, 2014 on my other blog, with a couple of updated parts. Every year is about the same in the amount of rain we get.


Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

© 2017 BS

2 responses »

  1. I am smiling, because I have lived where rain was less common — but NOT like where you live!
    We get 18+” of rain in April and May!
    When we have a drought, it’s devastating to agriculture.

    • I wish we’d have more, as I love rainy days. Y’all have a lot of greenery and trees, right? I know it’s like that in Missouri where my daughter lives, so green and pretty. That’s what a lot of rain will do, make things pretty. It is such a contrast after we visit there and then come back here! 🙂

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