7.24.2008

All it does is rain

This was taken on Sunday, but it could have been taken yesterday, today, or even over the coming weekend... it has been raining hard and frequently here:
In Burlington through Tuesday, 4.72 inches of rain had fallen in July, up from 2.8 inches at this point last July. June, July and August tend to be the wettest months of the year in Vermont, says [National Weather Service meteorologist Paul] Sisson, because that’s when the tropical storms are happening down south. Over the past 30 years, the amount of precipitation has increased steadily from June to August (italics added). Article about the weather in today's Free Press.

Will the tomatoes ever ripen under the damp gray skies?

I know that I would enjoy a stretch of warm summer days with blue skies and white puffy clouds. The steady rain means things are very lush but also that there are mushrooms sprouting in the garden and that my attempts to commute by bike are faltering (the recent rains are more than just hit-or-miss showers). Summers in Vermont are short -- if life gets busy, they can slide by almost unnoticed -- unlike the winter season, which tends to begin early, and drags out longer than most people would like. So while there's little point to complaining about the weather, the present weather pattern of recurring waves of tropical moisture being squeezed out over the Green Mountains is more than a little discouraging.

Water, water everywhere, it's good for bugs and slugs, but tough on the psyche.

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