Aug 24 2008
After a long, long spate of beautiful weather we now have a drought. The sunny days and clear cool nights I find so appealing have not produced any rain. It’s another case of too much of a good thing.
Pittsburgh’s precipitation is 0.22″ below normal for August, but 1.62″ above normal for the calendar year.
The statistics are deceiving. The rain we’ve had has not fallen gently over the course of several hours. Instead it arrives in huge, brief, torrential downpours that run off rapidly without soaking into the soil.
Of course this is hard on the crops, but I feel bad for the forest too. Some of the trees have started to turn yellow already – notably the ash trees. Others are dying, especially elms that are already under the stress of Dutch elm disease.
Unlike ourselves, everything outdoors is completely at the mercy of the weather – even beautiful weather.
I hope it rains soon!