Though it is only partly cloudy, we just had a brief flurry of rain. It lasted for less than two minutes, but it sounded very nice, making a pleasant accompaniment to the cricket songs, and it was long enough to give the night a pleasant scent of damp grass and pavement. I was intending to water the lawn tonight, but I'm glad I didn't. Water from a lawn sprinkler never manages to smell as good as the first drops of rain, and having the lawn already wet would have prevented that fragrance from rising. The night is cooler than it's been recently, and quite a bit cooler than I'd expected it to be, but the air has that stillness which sometimes precedes a thunderstorm. It would be nice to have a bit of thunder and lightning.
The gibbous, waning moon has only recently cleared the treetops in the east, and slowly rises, now bright in clear sky, now thinly or heavily veiled by various patches of drifting clouds. If there's more rain, I hope it falls while the moon is exposed. Moon-showers can't be seen clearly as sun-showers can, but I enjoy them nevertheless. But any rain at all would be welcome, moonlit or not. Late spring rains are the best of the year, and we've had none yet this season. I'd love to see the dawn through a veil of rain.
I was going to post this last night at nine o'clock Pacific time, but forgot: