Thursday, September 29, 2011
Another day, another 2 inches of rain
Yesterday afternoon it rained harder than I've ever seen it rain in my entire life. That lasted for about 20 minutes and in that time an inch fell. Then an hour later, it rained just as hard for another 15 minutes and dropped another inch of rain. I ended up pumping the flash flood out of my basement. Again.
Rain washed out my lane, rushing down the mountain, carving deep ruts down the middle. Even with 4-wheel drive it's a bumpy ride. After the rain abated, I went out with my heavy rake and tried to even it out a bit. That didn't work as well as I'd hoped because the stone and dirt road is mostly too hard to even out with just a rake. But the water managed to cut a path a foot deep even so.
Fog pervades the mountain and off the mountain, too. In those rare moments when I can see the forest with any clarity, I am noticing the beginnings of the fall leaf change. In my first photo, if that was all there was to the story, you'd probably think this gorgeous orange shade covered the mountain. The reality today is more like the second photo. It's a gorgeous orange tree in the middle of a still mostly green forest.
The weather was supposed to improve (or at least not rain) tomorrow, but "tomorrow" is turning into something that never arrives, and the end to the torture is pushed back for yet another day. Or two. Whatever happened to gorgeous fall weather? It sure didn't exist at all in September, which now stands as the rainiest month ever for this year.