After thousands of years spent praying for rain or worshiping it — burning witches at the stake to stop rain or sacrificing small children to bring it; mocking rain with irrigated agriculture and cities built in floodplains; even trying to blast rain out of the sky with mortars meant for war — humanity has finally managed to change the rain. Only not in ways we intended.
Changing rainfall patterns are some of the earliest tremors of our warming globe, with wet places getting more deluges, dry ones seared in worsening droughts. Armed with computer models looking forward, Barnett believes there is also much to learn from looking back. Too much and not enough, rain is an experience we share. Barnett argues rain’s history has much to tell us about coming together to live more ethically with water — and adapt to the stormy times ahead.