It’s a clammy Tuesday afternoon here in Beijing and the thunder is booming and the rain is mercifully falling. The past few days have been like living in a water-sopped towel that desperately needs to be wrung out. It got wrung out yesterday afternoon and the resulting 2 hour downpour flooded the streets. And now we’re starting all over again. And given the fact that one of the things this city is known for is it’s squadron of peasants (Farmer Wangs) in the surrounding countryside who shoot cannons of some mystery chemical into the clouds to make rain. one can’t help but wonder if this is really thunder or if Farmer Wang is just shooting things into the clouds. Either way, the rain is welcome.