Will or won’t the rains come?

2016-09-14 06:00

AT the time of going to press, early on Tuesday morning, black thunder clouds were rolling in over the town as flashes of lightning pierced the gloom. It looked like Greytown was back in the good old time pattern of thunderstorms and rain, but in the town itself 10 minutes later, even with minute hailstones, just five mls was recorded.

Lake Merthley is currently 15.27% full so there is a long, long way to go before there is any thought of a normal water supply.
Despite constant requests Umzinyathi District Municipality has still not given a timeline on the Craigiburn pipeline, which remains a static pipe dream that could become a nightmare as the water level in Craigieburn dam shrinks more and more.

Weather experts are divided on whether the La Niña climate system, which usually follows El Niño will be a strong or weak one. A spokesman for the South African Weather Bureau said it was not possible to predict exactly when La Niña would kick in, but that above average rainfall was expected at the end of spring.

A government task team has predicted that above normal rainfall and temperatures could be expected during November, December and January.

A few comments by famous people on rain - just for fun.

“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.” - Bob Marley.

“Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.” - Vladimir Nabokov.”

Rain hangs about the place, like a friendly ghost. If it's not coming down in delicate droplets, then it's in buckets; and if neither, it tends to lurk suspiciously in the atmosphere.” - Barbara Acton-Bond.

“Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the Earth; without rain, there would be no life.” - John Updike.

“Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger.” - Saint Basil.

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