It's raining! The weather siren in town (two miles away) is sounding. The wind has moved well beyond blustery. There's a tornado watch for this morning and a wind advisory for the entire day. I'm guessing the siren means a severe thunderstorm is in the area. (Duh!)
But it's raining! We have had something like three minor rainfalls in the past three months. When part of my Sunday School group went camping a couple of weeks ago, we were fortunate in being allowed to have a fire in a fire ring as long as it was supervised. The Boy Scouts camped closer to home that same weekend and could have no fire at all where they were. (Is it really camping if there's no campfire?) The fire departments have been busy and tense. There have been multiple reports of fires burning grass and corn crops. One farmer lost 35 acres of corn when a piece of equipment started a fire -- maybe 150 bushels per acre @ maybe $6/bushel. Everything is dry, dry, dry! Dry leaves falling on dry grass next to dry fields. Any fall crops have been on indefinite hold waiting for moisture. The unpaved road in front of our house guarantees that our cars are hopelessly dust-covered -- even if they're simply sitting in front of our house, which is well back from the road.
The library where I work invested heavily a couple of months ago in a waterproofing scheme that is guaranteed to end the decades-old problem of water in the basement. Thus far, it has been a complete success -- not a drop of water in the basement. The new carpet is supposed to be installed this week. Wouldn't it be nice to know if the basement will remain dry when it actually RAINS?
And now it's raining! \0/ (<-- Hallelujah!)
(dancing in the rain --at least on the inside)