Here in Satun I’m experiencing two different weathers almost simultaneously. Burning hot and pouring rain. Usually the burning hot leads to the pouring rain, which I actually rather enjoy. The rain in Thailand is beautiful. I come from Seattle Washington where it rains everyday, at all hours of the day regardless of the season. But I’ve come to learn that in Seattle it doesn’t really rain. It drizzles.
Its different here. When the weather gets too hot, and the clouds gather dark and low, it begins with the series of lightning shows. Sometimes followed by thunder but not always. The lighting is always powerful and consistent for about 10-15 minutes.
The wind blows a little harder and the temperature cools considerably. And before you know it, water is pounding on the roof, and slipping through the creeks of the windows. The rain is not subtle, there is no drizzling here in Satun. It forces people off the roads and searching for shelter. It doesn’t last long. Possibly 30minutes to an hour.
But on some nights I get lucky. Some nights the lightning last longer, late into the night and it only begins to rain as we prepare for bed. On these nights the clouds release the gallons of water they’ve been holding in all day and the sound of rain drowns out the sounds of the crickets. Prehaps the rain lasts through the night. I’m never certain for when I awaken it always appeared to have just recently stopped.
Come morning time the sun is strong but the fog is thick and low. The land green and the view clear out as far as the eyes can see. Its mornings like this that make me regret that this trip will only be for a year. I take pictures and I snap shot away these moments into my memory ..