I love it when it rains. Actually, most desert-dwellers welcome the rain. Believe it or not…the rain is a welcome change to bright, sunny days.
The park near my home is starting to fill up with water – this is supposed to happen. Two previous storms this week have started the process, but we are expecting a very large storm to hit today which could bring 3 – 4 inches more (which is a lot for us).
I notice the park filling up when I took my children to school this morning, so I ran back home and got my camera and returned to take pictures.
During the summer months, we often receive periodic torrential rains over a short period of time. These dry ponds rapidly fill with water, which helps to prevent flooded streets. The water in the pond is then slowly released via a small outflow opening. Water usually stands in these basins for 24 – 48 after rainfall ends.
Most parks in our area are dual purpose; they serve as a park, but also as a detention basin. The edges are raised up, forming a bowl shape, which allows them to hold water.
I snapped this photo this morning of a group of Mallard ducks taking advantage of our now wet ‘dry pond’.
It is how the desert looks afterwards….