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July. Monsoon.

July 3, 2013

FINALLY I have repaired pretty much everything damaged by the storm back in April in between the normal seasonal garden tasks. More than ample rain, while welcome compared to the droughts of the last decade or two, reduced the effective work windows available to get this done.

With the July 4 holiday ahead of me, I find this special weather statement posted this morning:

AN UNUSUAL WEATHER PATTERN FOR JULY IS SETTING UP ACROSS THE
SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES. AN UPPER LEVEL LOW IS SLOWLY DRIFTING
WEST AS THE BERMUDA HIGH STARTS TO BUILD IN FROM THE EAST. THIS
WILL LEAD TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF ORGANIZED THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE
AREA. AT THE SAME TIME…A DEEP PLUME OF TROPICAL MOISTURE IS
FORECAST TO MOVE INTO THE PEACH STATE TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY.
THUNDERSTORMS ARE FORECAST TO CONTINUE DEVELOPING IN EASTERN
GEORGIA AND GRADUALLY SPREAD OVER THE STATE THROUGH
THURSDAY…AND SHOULD GRADUALLY END ON SATURDAY. RAINFALL FROM
THESE THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO BE ANYWHERE FROM 2 TO 4
INCHES…WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE.

THIS DEEP PLUME OF MOISTURE IS SIMILAR TO OTHER SIGNIFICANT
FLOODING EVENTS THAT THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES HAS
EXPERIENCED IN THE PAST FEW YEARS. THUNDERSTORMS THAT DO DEVELOP
WILL HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO PRODUCE A LOT OF RAIN IN A SHORT
PERIOD OF TIME. THUNDERSTORMS THAT TRAIN OVER THE SAME AREA WILL
LIKELY LEAD TO FLOODING OF THOSE AREAS.

Great. The ground is so saturated already that the water from my rinsed “harvest bucket” actually pools for a little while before being absorbed in a couple areas of my yard.

Enough whining. If it rains tomorrow, I’ll work on the table refinishing project that is cluttering my back porch.

In the meantime, some updates:

The back shed, as straight and fixed as it is going to be (the stuff strewn around has been mostly moved back into the shed now). Note the lack of the forest thicket that once existed behind it to the east.

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The “drainage ditch” and settling pool from the area around the main well faucet next to the shed. As you can see, rice likes this damp little ditch.

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Gourd vines have come alive; they have doubled since these pics about a week ago:

Apple Gourds:
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Bushel Basket Gourd:
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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 3, 2013 7:39 pm

    Man, we are getting the Same Train of Rain up heyah in New York City. It’s been raining off and on all day; mostly On. And for the last few weeks also. I love the rain, but Really.

  2. namastemama permalink
    July 3, 2013 8:32 pm

    Totally drenched here in the midwest with much cooler than normal temps. My bell peppers look ready to head 1000 miles southwest and we’re crossing our fingers for a decent tomato harvest! In the meantime, termites are eating the wood on my raised bed. Good luck!

  3. July 5, 2013 11:09 am

    We’re enjoying our first 48 hours without rain in about a month. My pepper plants are finally looking happy. Your garden looks great. The rain can’t last forever!

    • July 5, 2013 11:11 am

      Only seems like forever. At least the tree frogs are having a super-active breeding season in my pond.

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