One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dust storm.‘clouds moved round the horizon, but they'd only produce a Darling shower’
- ‘Darling showers don't soak me.’
- ‘There's a strong, dry northwest wind, bringing Darling showers.’
- ‘Darling showers is what they used to call such dust storms.’
- ‘Clouds used to come up and move in a stately procession round the horizon, but the best they could do was to produce a Darling shower.’
- ‘This continental wind transports fine dust particles, earning it the name of the Darling shower (after the Darling River) in New South Wales.’
- ‘I had been through many Darling showers before, but rarely one like this.’
- ‘There is an extensive ancient cemetery, recently exposed by the action of simooms, locally known as Darling showers.’
- ‘In the western districts when a storm occurred, such as was known as a Darling shower, people wearing dark clothing looked very disreputable.’
- ‘A Darling shower is three claps of thunder, two drops of rain, and one dust storm.’
- ‘This is where where the Darling showers riot unchecked.’
Mid 19th century: named after the Darling river and the semi-arid environment around it.
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