For the first time since I arrived here, and for the first time in several months before that, it finally rained in Baghdad.
As I drove to dinner, I saw a lightning bolt, but I was yet to see rain or any other indication that a storm was coming.
However, a storm is exactly what I ran into as I drove back away from the dining facility. I saw a giant wall of dirt blow across the living areas toward where I was driving. When it hit the car, there was a giant gust of wind and visibility was reduced to near nothing.
It was the most amazing thing I’ve seen weather-wise. Later that night, the rain actually began, and it poured most of the night.
Still, the ground wasn’t as muddy as I expected. It was a little damp, but it wasn’t so bad that my boots were caked with dirt. I’ve heard that as the rainy season hits, people start rotating which shoes/boots they wear because of the mud.
In other news, I’ve passed the halfway point of my deployment. Only 90-ish days left. The end can’t get here soon enough, believe me.
(Photo borrowed from Colin Edwards at Flickr)