A few hours later, as the day drew on, closer and closer towards rush hour, the clouds became quite ominous over downtown Nashville - but basically the timing worked in our favor. As my husband and I got closer to home we began to see the telltale signs of a good rain. Small tree limbs and leaves littered the streets and water was standing in shallow spots along the roads and in parking lots and driveways we passed along the way. The second we pulled into the driveway and got out of the car I spied the rain gauge; which had been dry as a bone for what seemed like forever.
There it was, in all its glory; standing tall and boasting more than 1 1/2 inches of pure liquid gold! I can't tell you how excited we were over this gift from the Gods!
According to the National Weather Service, until today's rains we could only account for 0.03 of an inch of rain this month; with the rain prior to that measuring just over 1/4 inch on May 26th. Only time will tell how we'll wrap up this spring, but the first thirteen days of June rank as the fourth driest start since we've been keeping records. I suppose since the great floods we experienced a little over a year ago, finding a Tennessean willing to do a rain dance is a pretty daunting task... but maybe a little rain toe-tapping would conjure up just the right amount needed.
The average rate of humidity here in Tennessee is 81 and this southern belle can attest to the fact that the window of opportunity for a good hair day is pretty darn slim in these parts! But after the recent drought and watching the life drain from all living plants within my garden, I, for one, was more than happy to trade anything that resembled a hairdo for the welfare of the plants! As a matter of fact, had the lightening not been so fierce, I would have probably danced in the rain!
Have a good night, rest well, and we'll see you in the garden tomorrow!