Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Another rainy day in the Valley

Rain-soaked cobblestones and soggy ground.

A gentle, soaking rain fell most of last night. It's been raining all day and even now in early afternoon it is still overcast with temps in mid 60s while raindrops drip.

The monsoon season continues in the Shenandoah Valley.

It rained day-before yesterday, and the day before that, and the day before that ... it's been raining on an almost-daily basis for weeks. I don't mind ... I love a rainy day with the drip-drip sound on leaves outside the window along with the coolness that makes us don a sweater in mid-June.

Everything is green, the grass is growing like crazy, the garden is soaking it up ... shrubs and flowers are thriving. Nearby ponds have refilled for the first time in five years after several years of drought led to dried-up wells as well as dried-up ponds. A friend mentioned how nice it had been this year to have thriving mountain streams after years of dryness.

But too much of a good thing can be bad ... and some farmers are not happy. Muddy fields are not easy to work and some plants are drowning. SWAC area vineyards do better in the dry years which produce a sweeter grape.

Meanwhile, the rain gauge continues to add up the precipitation in this very wet season....

Rain-weighted limbs droop on a foggy, soggy day.

Photos by SWAC Girl
Lynn Mitchell
June 17, 2009

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