Tucson is situated in the Sonora Desert and welcomes an average of 12 inches of rain annually. Periodically, a condition known as El Nino, evidences itself by sending warmer currents of ocean water in such a way as to disrupt the usual summer monsoon activity that brings Tucson almost half of its annual rainfall in about two months. This monsoon year has been a dry one, but tonight we are enjoying the refreshment of rain. Jeremiah Inn’s backyard brims with the sweet smell of showers and there is a freshness to the night. The moon is almost full and brightens the reflective puddles. When Innkeepers Bob and Beth lived in Seattle, WA (prior to August 1994), rain was somewhat “ho-hum”. Since moving to the desert, these bed and breakfast folk have learned to relish the rain. It will be fun going to sleep with the sound of rain pattering against the windows.