Thursday, June 09, 2011
Here Comes The Rain!
Posted yesterday morning on Facebook:
"Dear Rain: Please come down! The garden misses you."
Looks like the rain was listening. And how. Well, I shouldn't be surprised - Dan Kim has an in with the Weather Goddess & said he'd pass along my plea.
Looks like the result is indeed going to be a gullywasher. In fact, Dan had mentioned that exact term.
Pat Byrnes had made me chuckle by asking where the gullies of Manhattan were.
I said Manhattan was more canyon than gully, so maybe the appropriate term for a Manhattan deluge was "canyonwasher".
As far as I know, we don't really have a good local colloquialism for a fast, heavy rainstorm, which is weird, since lord knows we have some good ones here. Toad-strangler & gullywasher both have something of a rural flavor to them. Raining cats & dogs is kind of generic.
I have a couple of ideas that might be good.
We could call a serious NYC downpour a "subwaystopper" - because when too much water gets into the subway system too fast, everything grinds to a halt.
Or maybe we could call it an "outfaller".
Area kayakers, dinghy sailors and open-water swimmers will know exactly what I mean.