I'm sure you are all tired of reading about the rain we keep getting here. In fact, I'm sure some of you would be happy to take some of our rain if you could and let it be known, I would be happy to give you all that you wanted. But I can't, unfortunately.
I opted to mow the lawn on Tuesday evening, less than eight hours after a torrential downpour, leaving tracks through the muddier part of my lawn even though they were forecasting no rain for the next 48 hours. I just didn't trust the forecaster. So we pretty much received torrential downpours on Wednesday morning and an even larger downpour on Wednesday afternoon. If you poured water from a 55 gallon barrel right on top of your head, it would have seemed mild compared to the storm we got Wednesday afternoon for fifteen minutes.
It let off right as I was heading home for the day so that was nice but as it turned out, I was a long ways from home. My normal five minute commute, if I get stopped at the one stoplight, turned into over a half hour. Every where I drove here in town, water was over the road at depths of several feet. I had to splash through six to eight inches of water in the parking lot just to get to my car. Driving home became a lesson in geography remembering, i.e. which way kept me on high ground. It involved driving up on curbs, going through parking lots and even driving through a car wash backwards.
About half way as I was parked at one of the shallower intersections with only ten inches of water, which by the way is floorboard level in my twelve year old Civic, I got hit by a wave from a large truck. I almost immediately lost one cylinder out of the four and wasn't sure I could keep it from stalling all together. But I did and limped towards the daycare on three cylinders, possibly with another cylinder sporadically firing judging by the loudness of my spare change jumping in the plastic alcove I toss it in. My daughter and I made it back home but both of us were a little bit high on the fumes from all the unburnt fuel blowing out the exhaust pipe.
All told, we only received 1.12 inches during that downpour but on already saturated ground, it might as well been 12 inches. So according to a nifty sight that I found at our state university, the numbers from the beginning of the year are now:
161 - Number of rain events we have had out of a total possible 176 days.
27.27 - Number of inches of rainfall we have received
15.98 - Our average rainfall we are supposed to receive
11.29 - Doing the math, the number of inches of excess rainfall that you should have kept
If you just look at June so far:
22 - Number of rain events we have had out of a total possible 25 days.
11.06 - Number of inches of rainfall we have received
3.58 - Our average rainfall we are supposed to receive
7.48 - Doing the math, the number of inches of excess rainfall that you should have kept
The positive spin on this whole thing is that my parents have missed much of these last few rains on the farm though the chances of them getting a crop planted this year are still less than 50%. It will either happen in the next two weeks or not at all and it will take at least half that time to simply dry out. The other good point is that the seven-day forecast has only one day where rain is predicted and that is just a 30% chance, completely opposite of what it has looked like for the entire month of June.