We have had a dry Summer. Weather patterns have been unusual all over the world this year, and for us that meant less moisture than usual this Summer. When I moved to this corner of Northern California in 1976, 100+ inches of rain per year was normal. Now the local paper cites anything over 80 inches in a year as unusual. The belts of desertification on both sides of the equator are gradually expanding into the temperate zones.
This weekend the rain came. Not just fog that was almost mist, or that turned to a fine drizzle, but real rain. Slow, gentle, constant, soaking rain. As my friend in Georgia (where they have had an even hotter, dryer Summer) would say, you can almost hear the plants and the earth breathe a sigh of relief.
Now it feels like Autumn. Time to get out the sweaters, hats, and scarves. Now the spiced cider and pumpkin lattes make sense. I may get tired of the wet by February, but for now . . . let there be rain! 🙂