Since the March, April and May of this year, we received a handful of days of intermittent rain during that 90 day period. If you’re an optimist, perhaps 7 or 8 days of precipitation but very few good, soaking rains which the farmers and some land owners need to help prepare them for the long, hot summer that lies ahead. In my opinion, not much rain for the Midwest, especially concerning our limited snowfall this past winter and unusually dry spring.
Sometimes, during this period, even though it rained little during that stretch, when it rained or we incurred cloudy weather, people complained or moaned about the weather – especially if we had a rainy Monday. Perhaps it reminded them of that old ‘Rainy Day Monday’ song by Karen Carpenter, ruining the first day of the work week. Jumping ahead to summer, it’s now July 17, we’ve had about 1 inch of rain in almost 7 weeks – plenty of consistently hot daytime and evening temperatures. Will it ever cool off this summer in Chicago? Lake Michigan used to be a natural air conditioner but I feel abandoned by the lake to the East. According to meteorologist Tom Skilling, the highest temperatures every recorded for the June 1 through July 15 period for Chicago.
It’s common for weather to be extreme, especially in the Midwest for the last 5 to 10 years and some are wondering if that will continue. For the last 3 weeks or so, you’re getting more and more people complaining about the hot and dry weather. I wonder how many of those who complained about just a few rainy days in April and May are now clamoring for rain? I’m the first to notice the rain and wonder when that stop until I get my senses back. Yes, it may interfere with a picnic or delay it for a few hours or force some motorists to drive defensively (we need more of that) but obviously is a necessary part of our ecosystem. I don’t think I need to explain that further.
I hope our drought ceases soon. When it does, I hope some of those naysayers have a change of heart and remember those long, hot June and July days where farmers, nature lovers and yard owners were looking to the sky for some much needed precipitation. You don’t have to love rain, a change of perspective might be useful and know that seeing a little rain or a gray sky is not all bad.