I am not keen on gale force winds, but I can put up with if it is accompanied by rain. We had 9.5mm in the rain gauge this morning (8.30am). The wind is still fierce and squally out there, but it's also raining. I zipped out quickly at 10.30am to check the gauge and we had another 12mm in the gauge.
You know you have been longing for rain, when you get really excited about it and snap tons of pictures of it. From all angles. I restrained myself and posted only one here.