I was discussing the weather with a co-worker. Three days of sandstorm, with the final day coating everything in orange sand and falling like snow flurries. And then came a good hard drenching rain (still continuing right now).
He said to me “this is not the rains of blessing. If Hashem wants to give rains with kindness, the weather turns, the gentle rains come and then the hard rains come. But if first there is days and days of sandstorm and strong winds causing everyone to suffer, this is Hashem saying ‘Enough already, I’ve heard your tefilot (prayers) and here’s some rain to shut you up.’ It’s rain, but not with kindness, and answers to our prayers, but not with mercy.”
May our tefilot always be answered b’rachamim.