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enjoying mudpuddles

February 1, 2012

I grew up in a fairly snowy location in Michigan. Lori says that everytime we’re back there visiting my family between November to March it’s snowing. My parents told me that on Sunday morning it snowed a foot (0.3m).

Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find weather data to know how much it has rained here in the past few days, but I wouldn’t have to go back very far to add up to a foot of rain. It’s been raining almost constantly since late last week. I did find a weather forecast for Honiara and the expected rainfall in the next 4 days is over 6 inches (0.15m).

Annual rainfall in the Solomons is between 10-16 feet (3-5m)!  January is part of the rainy season, which we’re certainly experiencing. Although it makes errands and going places a little more muddy and humid, the temperatures have been a little lower (mid 80s °F rather than 90s, or upper 20s °C rather than low 30s).

In fact, it’s been so cold that I saw one Solomon Islander wearing a coat and stocking hat a few nights ago. That night it was probably 77°F (25°C).

When it’s raining so much, it’s a little harder for D to get to play outside, as he so likes to do here. The mosquitoes seem worse when it’s so wet. However, he did have a lot of fun playing with some of the other SITAG boys in a big puddle.

These pictures are from last week, when days of sunshine alternated with days of rain. This week has been mostly rain. A clothesline on our porch is mostly sheltered from the rain, but clothes still take awhile to dry in this weather. This makes us less likely to have many clean clothes.

D is enjoying the same puddle a day later when it’s all mud.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2012 12:31 am

    unfortunately, D playing in the mud makes him need clean clothes faster! He’s looks really happy with it, though- he looks a lot like you John, especially in that pic of him in the gray shirt. 🙂

    • February 2, 2012 8:59 am

      Ah yes, the exciting dilemma of a little boy playing in the mud…

      Are you saying I frequently look happily muddy? Or perhaps muddily happy? 🙂

  2. Mom permalink
    February 2, 2012 2:24 am

    What fun! D looks taller already.
    From the looks of the levee around that puddle, I’m guessing one of the SITAG boys playing there included a much older one.

    • February 2, 2012 8:20 am

      There was a 10-year-old engineer supervising the levee construction. However the puddle is on a rock sort of step, so the levee’s only a few inches high, not those few feet it might look like.

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