Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Rolling thunder, one storm after another

Instead of the usual dreaded July drought, we are being treated to lots of rainfall. Last night's rolling thunderstorms - there were three in row - netted another 1 and 3/10ths inches of rain. It's quite the contrast to last summer's endless drought.

Our local paper, the Hamilton Spectator, reports that 80 percent of the rain that the city of Hamilton has seen so far this month fell over a three-day period from July 19 to 21.

The city did get a few more storms than we've had here. They've had almost too much rain. However, here just outside the city I'd say we had barely enough rain until now. The rain over the weekend and last night's thunderstorms have finally brought us really moist conditions.

Typically, the Spec reporter sees rain as a blight, and describes last summer's devastating drought as "relatively dry summer":
"A total of 250.2 millimetres has fallen since May, to the delight of gardeners but few others. Last year, a relatively dry summer saw only 93 mm dumped on Hamilton from May through July."
Well, what can I say? I'm a gardener, and, yes, I'm delighted with all the rain.

Toby checking out the high water at the creek which flooded briefly and covered our bridge early this morning

© Yvonne Cunnington, Country Gardener


  1. Just wonderful Yvonne! My mom called me today about the rain she got and was just elated!! She was hoping it was coming my way and it did. We're still a tiny bit dry but nothing like the years before! Horray!

  2. the rain is great. no complaints. even my lawn which is usually parched and crunchy underfoot in july is lush and green.


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