And it's a rainy Muscat

November 04, 2011

Rains are un-usually heard of in the desert, and if it rains people rejoice -- unless it starts to become disastrous to the sandpit whose systems are not prepared to flooding and whatever brought by raining.

Dubai is yet to get its share of drizzles this time of the year, but near or along the Hajar mountain ranges (Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Oman), rains started pouring in October.

On Wednesday (first week of November), the Big Gremlin waded in Muscat's afternoon rains. He reached their villa drenched and with shoes on hand as puddles covered the streets. The amount of rains that day was like a typical subtropical afternoon rain in Baguio (Philippines). Tuesday was bearable just with 'strong' drizzles.

Rains in Muscat

Tunnels that are on lower elevation are prone to 'flooding', such as this in Muscat
With the Big Gremlin working in Muscat now, I pray that the most he'd witness be limited to his light experiences so far, and not a repeat of Cylone Gonu (in 2007, the strongest tropical cyclone on record in the Arabian Sea) that brought forth substantial damage as below:

 (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

(Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

It's Eid Al Adha here in the sandpit and most are taking advantage of the long weekend break. Pleasant weather has now kicked in, and if not that I'm on pregnancy-induced-laziness mode, we would have pushed through with our planned Oman drive via Al Ain - Buraimi - Ibri - Nizwa - Muscat route to see more of those we missed earlier (more wadis, historical sites, Al Hoota Cave and Jabal Akhdar part 2). But with rains currently in season, it becomes risky getting into wadis (dried river beds) on chances of sudden gushing of water. So to those travelling offroad now - stay safe. 

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  1. wow, didn't expect to see flooding on that side of the world. hope you're doing well with the pregnancy.

  2. Hello! I hope everything will OK!


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