As a Northwest native, I am used to rain. In fact, I love rain! It clears the skies of smog and the streets of gunk, and helps maintain that crop of cherry tomatoes that are picked each summer day. A week ago, I moved halfway across the world to Ankara, Turkey. Ankara is situated in the Anatolian plains of north-central Turkey at an altitude of just over 3,000 feet; hot, dry summers are the norm. Temperatures have been in the 90s since my arrival but today, a respite. Awoke to loud claps of thunder and cool wind, then the downpour began. It’s been raining for 40 minutes but the deluge has abated. More thunderstorms are forecast around 1pm EEST and then we’re supposed to hit 90 degrees later this afternoon. Happy for this change of weather.