What I would have given last summer for the week we have had! However, I am very grateful for the storm systems that have gone through Texas this past week. We have gotten rain every day and the thunderstorms have been tame. No scary lightning bolts. No house shaking thunder. No flash flooding. No tornadoes. Just good solid rain with faint rumblings of thunder in the distance.
Our soil is saturated. The lakes are filling up again. It is amazing how much water evaporates in triple digit heat. This past week we have received a total of 8 glorious inches of rain. Wednesday alone we recorded a whopping 6.4″.
The 7-day forecasts have been very strange lately with rain chances each and every day. We are not accustomed to such meteorological predictions. And, they have actually been true.
One of the best side effects of this summer rain is that it feels so much better outside. The week before the heat and humidity almost took your breath away when you walked outside. Despite efforts of prevention, my husband has gotten too hot several times this summer while managing the ranch. One of our employees also suffered the effects of heat exhaustion.
The rain has brought welcome relief. Don’t get me wrong, it is hardly cool. The temperature still gets up in the nineties, but with the clouds and overcast sky, it is much more tolerable.
The rain has refreshed our pastures and woods. Its fresh scent hits you as soon as you walk outside. The rain has replenished our waterways. The water levels have climbed about a foot or more. The rains have also refreshed our spirits after several very hot and dry weeks. I feel so blessed by the rain that I don’t even mind the extra mopping in my entry way to remove muddy and wet footprints.