Ottawa’s average annual rainfall (869 mm) is more than twice that of Edmonton (365 mm), and 2.5 times that of Calgary (326 mm). Maybe that’s why I’m still astounded by the heavy rainfalls I see here: early experience sets unconscious expectations, perhaps.
We had another downpour this last week, and then the sun came out. That’s another difference, at least between Ottawa and my memory of Edmonton: I remember the latter getting day-long rain, but Ottawa seems prone to storm cells, with one after another sweeping through.
Anyway, the sun came out after the rain and shone through the raindrops on the flame bush in the backyard. Its uppermost leaves have already started to turn colour.