Monday, May 23, 2011

The Rain Came

This has been a very dry year in all of Texas. Wild fires have not so much come and gone, as changed location for a couple of months. At one point fires literally spanned the state.

What rain has come has been a cruel joke. I've lost count of how many times rainfall came with-in a mile of HomePlace and either shifted directions, or stopped. Fires have been inside Falls County lines several times, but they have also given us a pass, thank God.

HomePlace is a tinderbox and our gardens show it. Vegetable production is way down compared to last year. Between the drought and the electric company the dew berry crop never happened.

But Friday night last (May 20, 2011) the rain came. I would love to say it was a slow soaking rain that lasted all night, but that wasn't the case. It was in fits and starts, never longer than an hour and sometimes as little as fifteen minutes. It varied from brutal hard to sprinkling, It continued into the night. When I checked the rain gage Saturday morning I was shocked to find three and one eighth inches!

For the rest of the weekend we have gotten a little rain here and there, but nothing like that first night. I would love to say we were out of the woods, but not quite yet. The rain helped, and things are looking better, but none of the counties around here have canceled their burn bands just yet.

But you know what, it finally rained.

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