While severe storms and gully-washing rains aren’t ideal for the area, at least those mean crops and water tables aren’t going to dry up due to drought any time soon.
Of course, the heavy downpours like the area saw Monday night especially also aren’t great on the crops because they can wash away the soil around them as well as damage the crops due to the power of the rain and wind.
What we really need is a slow, continuous rainfall that is gentle enough not to damage anything and not to run off the top of the ground into area creeks and rivers. Instead it would have time to soak into the ground and be useful to the trees and plants.
But I guess some type of moisture is better than none at all.
As a kid going to summer camp, when it rained minus the lightning and thunder, we would take off our shoes and go out on the grass field or on the slab (a large concrete pad used for basketball and volleyball as well as other activities) and splash in the puddles and play basketball in the rain until we were soaked.
As teens, several of the campers would visit a hill just outside the main camping area where they would go mudsliding, arriving back at the camp area coated in thick red and brown mud and stinking to high heaven, because mud does not smell good.
The camp staff would turn the water hoses to water as cold as it would come out and spray down the campers before they were allowed into the bath houses to take showers.
I guess it wouldn’t be much different than the 5K mud run held in Pinnacle recently, just there was no running involved.
Now that I’m older, I tend to run from the rain. Mostly because I’m headed somewhere in which I don’t want to be cold and wet the whole time. I just don’t have the time to play in the rain.
Warm summer rains aren’t so bad, but man, those cold winter and fall rains are miserable. Not only do you get wet, but your fingers and toes get stiff and about freeze off if they get wet.
I’m just glad that this year, so far, the word drought hasn’t come up when talking about our area’s status. Maybe it will stay that way since we will be starting July in just a couple of days.
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see as the summer months continue.
Wendy Byerly Wood is the associate editor of The Mount Airy News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-1923.