From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Respite from Rain

Wet spring weather


From the shelter of the carport, looking south across our lawn.
(Check out this nearly identical photo, from a rainy day in Nov. 2007.)

I can barely distinguish one rainy day of this month from another; the days of wetness have merged into one big puddle. However, I think today was our third day in a row without significant rainfall. It's been nice to see some sunshine.

The photo above was taken on a day that I do remember -- last Friday, when several severe thunderstorms passed through our area. We had a long day of many weather warnings, but we suffered no tornadoes or notable wind damage. Rainfall of over three inches was reported in some parts of the county for the day.

Dennis got home late on Friday afternoon from the elementary school where he works. We had a tornado watch at the time the students should have been going home. The buses weren't allowed to go to the schools until the weather cleared up a little.

Cadiz --pronounced "Kay-deez" -- is a small town about 20 miles west of Hopkinsville. One of the girls at work told me about the high water there, following a downpour late on Friday night. Her boyfriend has a law enforcement job in Cadiz. Around midnight, he sent her a text message: the rescue squad was trying to get some cattle out of the river, and they had their vehicles stuck in a muddy pasture. "Only in Cadiz," he noted wryly.

The farmers are hoping for a spell of dryer weather so they can plant crops and mow hay. Today, I saw someone unloading flats of tobacco plants from a truck. I guess he's going to "mud them in", as I have done with tomato plants in the garden some years.

Ah, yes, the garden. I haven't been in my garden at all yet. Well, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are looking a little rainy, so maybe Sunday afternoon.

Let me be clear. I'm reporting, not complaining about, the amount of rain we've had in the past few months. This part of Kentucky gets the majority of its annual rainfall in the winter and spring. We had a dry spring in 2007, and it was the precursor of a long summer of horrible, desperate drought. I'd much rather have a wet spring than a dry one.

A long low shaft of evening sunshine illuminates
the Bradford Square Mall in Hopkinsville, KY
after several days of rain last week.

2 comments:

Bill Harper said...

You have a beautiful view from your house, Genevieve.

I don't ever recall a tornado warning ever being issued the whole time I lived there. If there was it was very rare. However, that was a very long time ago so maybe I just don't remember. Didn't a tornado touch down in Crofton a few months ago? So I'm wondering if this is an unusual weather pattern for that area.

I have been to Cadiz many times. I think it is a nice little town.

If you don't mind me asking, which elementary school does Dennis work at? I attended Sinking Fork school as a kid. That's why I'm asking.

Rain is definitely a blessing. Praise the Lord.

" He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries."

- Psalm 135:7 KJV

Genevieve said...

Hi, Bill. Yes, the Crofton area had a tornado in February of 2008. Also you'll be interested that the big tornado of 2006 went right through Sinking Fork. Just click on the "tornado" label and you can read some of the reports.

There is still an elementary school at Sinking Fork, but Dennis works a little closer to where we live.

We do have a nice view from our house. Right below our front lawn, the land drops away sharply for about a quarter-mile. Our neighbor keeps his Holstein milk-cows in the hillside pasture. At the bottom of the valley, a creek runs beside the highway. It flows right along when we've been having lots of rain, but it nearly dries up by fall.

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