Two weeks ago Last week (seems like two…) we had three or four days of on-and-off rain. Usually the rains come in February and March. One Iraqi told me that the last fall rains like this were in 1998 and 1984, which makes 2008 a ten-year flood for Baghdad.
Here is a break in the rain, taken October 29.
This morning I took a helicopter ride. I was astonished how green the winter vegetable crops are. We saw the fields ready for planting about a month or six weeks ago. Now they are lush and green.
That’s the Tigris in the background. (Sorry for the muggy picture, it was through a window.)