July’s first half was hot, humid, and frequently cloudless so we endured what we had to. The last ten days or so were like this – a few degrees cooler, often filled with billowing cumulus, and frequent light to moderate rainfall. What a relief!

We will see what August sees fit to bring our way.

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Rain – welcome, blessed rain

We have experienced a lengthy dry spell – only 20.7mm of rain since June 25. We got some very welcome rain yesterday and overnight – I measured 13.7mm this morning This afternoon I measured another 9.2mm. It has fallen slowly, gently, soaking in to very dry soil, and filling the rain barrels.

Some folks might complain about rain falling through most of a summer weekend. We prefer to be grateful for this most welcome gift.

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Didn’t make it

Didn't make it

Not quite. Interesting drive home with headlights on, wipers full blast and unable to keep up with the rain, wind whipping leaves all around me, lightning dancing nearby, thunder crackling and booming over the sound of the rain, wind, wipers. Once again I was in awe of the power and beauty of the real world that I live in. I love being alive.



We’ve had a long dry-ish spell, little rain has fallen since mid-May. We’re getting some very welcome precipitation this morning and the radar suggest more is coming today. That’s good, the water level in our ran barrels was getting uncomfortably low.

Rain is a blessing, filling barrels, watering the garden, lawn, farmers’ fields which were looking dry, leaving puddles for the birds to bathe in. I give thanks for rain as I try to give thanks for all things.

Hole in the clouds

Hole in the clouds

Rain threatened the other night, we could hear an occasional grumble of thunder. Clouds completely filled the sky – or so I thought. When I craned my neck and looked directly overhead, there was this hole, which closed within a moment or two.

Postscript: The threat turned out to be empty.

Rain coming

Rain coming

I am a weather geek, follow the US National Weather Service, The Weather Network, Environment Canada. One of my work responsibilities, which puts to work something that I like to do, is to report daily on the forecast so we can be prepared.

I like doing the same at home. I don’t Freak Out over what may come, simply like to stay informed. We have a rather wet 36 hour forecast, perhaps up to 1 1/2 inches (37mm) of rain by Friday morning. Trick or treaters will very likely have a wet night if they venture out.

Living in a small town which is attuned to farming helps us be more aware of the weather as well. On my way home, combines were out in the fields cutting corn. Sugar beets were being taken off. Farmers will likely work very late tonight, getting off everything they can. Rain like what is forecast is not an inconvenience as it is to city dwellers and even to us, it’s a part of their lives and they must often work long, long hours to stay ahead of the weather.