In Case You've Wondered

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One other thing: sometimes I write words you refuse to use in front of children, or polite company, unless you have a flat tire, or hit your thumb with a hammer.

I don't use them to offend; I use them to embellish.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Spring and What Is Probably Normal

 It's rained for the last five days. Some have only had a brief shower. Others were torrential downpours that left some areas reeling from as much as 18 inches in  a few hours. I've seen times like this in the past, so only the true climate cult members can blame it on weed whackers and lawnmowers. 

We've only had about 8 inches, but that's been spread out over days. It keeps us from flooding, but those that live where outfalls are located are experiencing the rise of water that cuts off roads and floods homes. Our road can flood, but so far it's not impassable. 

According to the weather wizards, we have a few more days of rain, with a chance of heavy rainfall in isolated areas. That can mean little, or for those already flooded, their efforts to clean up the mess may be futile. I feel for them, but many are on their fourth flood. According to news reports, many will call this the last straw and try to sell their home, after they have repaired the damage.

So, it's been an exceptional, but not completely abnormal, Spring. Even a month ago I was wondering if we would have a drought. We've had those too: Dry Springs, with hot, dry Summers. The damage can be as great, since the undergrowth in the woods becomes tinder for unaccompanied fires. The result can lead to thousands of acres, and homes, reduced to ash.

Summer is close, and for the first time in almost fifty years, my work won't demand I suffer in the heat. That's going to be a new experience. I'm looking forward to having the option of staying indoors during the worst of the oppressive heat. 


  1. You gonna take a chair out with a sun hat and an ice tea and watch the road crews? :)

    1. I'd probably be beaten for doing such of a thing.

      My wife asks if I miss my work. My answer is no. After over four decades of the stress, and long hours, I don't miss the early days, inclement weather, constant worries, and dealing with those professionally trained to expound their ignorance.

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    1. The air conditioner was having it easy over the last few days. Every day brought more rain, and there's another a better than even chance again today. The ground is so saturated, all rain runs off, or sits in puddles that take hours to recede.

    2. Ours went out. Getting replaced tomorrow. Then we'll get the humidity back in the house to a Wilder-approved 11%.

    3. At best, my ac will keep it around 40%. That's as good as it gets around here, since the night humidity can run at 100%.

  3. I've been getting hit with the rain as well. It makes gardening very hard when you have your entire property flood every 3 days for almost 2 weeks.

    1. Local vegetable gardens are suffering from the rain. We only have a rose garden, which requires constant care to keep the moisture, and bugs, from destroying the plants.