Strange Stuff Falling Out of the Sky

Submitted by OcracokeWaves on Sun, 08/14/2011 - 11:45.

I awoke on August 14 to something that I haven't seen in a long time, a puddle at the end of the driveway.  Not only did we have a puddle, we also had a trickle of water coming through our culvert.

Since May 7, our total rainfall here along the banks of the White Oak River has been somewhere around three inches.  Three inches of rain over three plus months is not much in an area that averages over an inch per week during many summers.

This morning our rain gauge had six tenths of an inch in it.  That is hard to comprehend.  It has been a long time since a single storm delivered that much.

That much liquid which I think might be called rain has already caused me to do some things which I haven't done in a while.

First I pulled the plug on boat to let the collected water drain out of it.  Our previous brushes with precipitation have been so minor that they have hardly got the bilge pump warmed up.

I even had to take my bucket of emergency gear out of the boat and drain it.

Next I had to restrain myself from filling the bucket that I usually take around to water the flowers each morning.

Fortunately I had gambled some on August 13 and put the remnants of a bag of ironite on our centipede yard.  Now I won't have to water it into the yard.

This is going to be a new experience having a wet driveway and puddles to deal with here on White Heron Lane.

I suspect we were not the only ones surprised to find that rain is still possible in Carteret County.

It is amazing how different weather can be.  I talked to some Canadian friends recently, and they haven't had two sunny days together all summer.  Farmers are having a hard time getting any hay cut.

One of my relatives in Yadkin County, near Winston-Salem tells me that this is one of the first summers that she can remember when their yard  remained green in August.

We have been lucky to have plenty of water  to irrigate our tomato plants this summer.  The crop has been excellent in spite of or perhaps because of the dry weather.  It is hard to say which is the case.  However, on August 13, I picked another sixty tomatoes which elicited some groans from my wife who is tired of having tomatoes take over her counter.

I just hope we our weather doesn't tilt in the other direction.  We still need rain, but we certainly don't want it every day like my Canadian friends are getting.

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