Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Storm of the Century (for July, anyway)
It is a rare week in summer that I don't have to water the crops at least two or three times. Vacations, work, everything is scheduled with watering in mind. Skip your scheduled watering day when the weather happens to be really hot, you'll probably get some wilt...skip two of them and things are completely dead when you come back. Trust me on that one. I've learned the hard way.
But the past three days have been freakish, as I have not had to water, we've had three inches of rain and the humidity levels are currently hovering at about 85 percent. There's very little dust on the furniture and my hair has decided to make a break for it and style itself into a lovely (or not) soft frizz. Even my bangs are frizzy. On the positive side, everything also feels slightly damp and so dust has not been an issue, as it usually is in these parts.
Saturday night was the worst as far as weather. We had a genuine midwest-style lightning storm, and were incredibly worried about brush fires until the rain started a couple of hours later, and kept going for another 12 hours. With our parched and dry land, that two inches of rain was gratefully soaked up by every plant and animal in the area. The lightning storm, while beautiful, was also pretty scary since we live on a hilltop, but we did occasionally step outside to watch the splendor.
But there was no sleep to be had that night, as the thunder shook the walls and the lightning strobed us every few seconds. The next day, we found a water pipe in our pasture (near a metal windmill) burst, and we suspect lightning. Big Ag said a huge oak tree in one of his vineyards came down, crushing a half-row of vines along with it. It also struck a generator that runs a well. So it's a trade-off, in a sense. With storms, come damage. But I'd say the positives far outweigh the negatives at this point. We'll take any water we can get.
But this 85 percent humidity is something else...honestly, I don't know how all of you in the midwest and back east deal with it. I'm sure all that green is lovely,and truly, I am envious. But the frizzy bangs? That's a whole other story, and for having to deal with that on a regular basis, you have my deepest sympathies.