The National Weather Service reports Miami has received just 68 percent of the average rainfall so far this year. March was a particularly dry month, even for what is our dry season, with just 38 percent of average rainfall in the counties that make of the South Florida Water Management District. Most of Miami-Dade County and all of Collier is in a moderate drought, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Parts of southern Miami-Dade are in a severe drought. What better time and place to read Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, by Cynthia Barnett?
Barnett sets an ambitious goal, making something so everyday interesting, even fascinating, and she accomplishes that with far-reaching research and lyrical prose, tracing rain through literature and myth, science and history.