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A wadi is a flat, protected from the wind by natural barriers, packed dirt, and its soil would have been good for a nice garden. However ideal as this land may have appeared, it had one major drawback: rains rarely fall in the months of May through September, so the major source of moisture for crops is generally the dew, but when the rains do come to the mountains they average about 60 inches for the year. The waters come off the mountains in streams that form rivers and as they make their way toward the ocean they come in a wall of water, boulders, trees destroying anything in their path… their path is known as a “wadi.” If you built your home on the wadi during the summer – if it rained tonight, your home would not be there in the morning.