Rain in the Desert...AGAIN!

Trip Start May 22, 2009
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Trip End Feb 16, 2010


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Flag of Egypt  , Red Sea and Sinai,
Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Record flooding in the Sinai?  Brian and Sharilyn must be there!

We were enjoying our time in Dahab being underwater, but wasn't counting on water falling from the sky!!!!

Completely confirmed ourselves as rain gods now!  We’ll have to start testing this out in some other far reaching desert areas. 

Ever since we arrived in Dahab, people at the dive centers have been saying that the forcast is not great.  However, we were looking at the sunny clear skies wondering what they could possibly be complaining about.  A little speck of cloud?  A slight breeze that makes you put on a pullover in the night?  What is this poor weather?

But around midnight, the thunder ans lightening his.  Great booming thunder that shook the floors, and fork lightening that had everyone staring around looking at the beauty of it.  And then it started to pour and great deluge for several hours. 

In the morning, we couldn’t even find a place to serve us coffee.  All the restaurants are open air along the beach and all the beautiful cushioned seating areas were soaked.  As more and more people began to emerge we started to realize the damage that had been done.  Hores had water all over their floors.  The scuba office next door poured water out of their wireless router.  All paperwork and books were destroyed.  All around the city blankets and mattresses found their way outside to dry.  Man holes all along the streets had blown their tops and were askew causing road hazards.  Seems like no one had ever encountered rain before!  Not even a single window is sealed. 

Stories of people’s houses and hotel rooms flooding and leaking.  Other evacuated their homes altogether when they could no longer sleep.  Power was out everywhere.  Internet was gone.  Cell phones didn’t work for a day or two.  With just a little rain?

We heard reports that the last thunderstorm to hit the area was anywhere from 2-7 years ago (with most saying 4 or 5 depending on who you spoke with).  No wonder they were so ill prepared - it never happens here!

Then around 10:30, another great event occurred and all the locals gathered to watch.  All the water from the storm in the mountains finally made it’s way to the sea.  Flooding an entire area with water and rushing out into the sea.  There was an area that had been built up to accommodate this, but hadn’t been used for it’s purpose in something like 7 years…what can we say?  We’re amazing!


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