As Bob said and Lou Majaw recently reiterated: Buckets of rain. Welcome to Cherrapunji: The Wettest Place on Planet Earth.
We’ve only been here a few hours and frankly, it’s unbelievable. You think you’ve seen rain. Perhaps you live in Glasgow or Manchester or some Welsh hell-hole. But you, my friend, are a cupcake pixie from Magic Land. You don’t know your arse from a gore-tex kagoule. This is rain.
As with all such dubious claims to fame, there’s actually some dispute over the whole wettest place on Earth business. Just down the road, in Mawsynram, they’ve been getting a slightly higher average annual rainfall lately - 11,873mm compared Cherrapunji’s modest 11,777mm. However, Mawsynram can only dream of holding two Guinness World Pissing It Down Records: Most rainfall in a single month - 9300mm in July 1861. And most rainfall in a calendar year - between 1st August 1860 and 31st July 1861, Cherrapunji received 26,461mm of rain. That’s almost 87ft!
If you are wondering why we’ve come here, I’ll let you know if I think of anything.