Friday, July 25, 2008

Rain, Rain, More Rain

July 25:Yep... Our Official 5 Gallon Pickle Bucket Rain Gage recorded an unofficial 13 inches of Rain on the fence just outside the Little Rooster Pen from daybreak July 24 until 7 a.m. July 25.We are told more official Adair County records in Kirksville (some miles away) showed 12 inches. Whatever you call it, that was a long Day and an even longer Night.

We are pretty certain of the accuracy of our Accidental Rain Gage. Of course there is some margin for error. The Rain Gage sits on the fence outside the Little Roosters' Pen. In this location, it is away from Trees, Structures, and such which might influence its recording. We feel affirmed that reports from this end of the County received higher amounts than in town. For your information, the Accidental Rain Gage is actually a 5 gallon Green Pickle Bucket which has a multitude of other uses, unlike conventional Rain Gages.

Most of the Rain came Thursday night and Friday early in the morning. We surely must have been in a long line of Thunderstorms that continued to dump on the area. Folks tell us that such volumes of Rains are highly uncommon in these parts. In fact, late July usually has little Rain and thus a late Summer brown color.

During the night, it poured. Sometimes we would have a lull with lighter Rain, but very shortly thereafter, the Skies would just pour. The Lightning was intense and actually quite beautiful. It was continuous, Cloud to Cloud, and Cloud to Ground. We had several Strikes and Thunder Booms almost simultaneously. There was little Wind, until the end. Wind is especially problematic for Plants who are tall or can't get a grip in Soupy Soils. It was a Night of Little Sleep, at least for me.

We did some walkabouts in the Garden in the Morning and Afternoon. We had full buckets in the Garden verifying similar results. Preliminary looks in the Garden show some damage but it really is too early to tell. It will take a while until we can get out into it. We are exceedingly grateful that the damage was not so great.
  • The Sorghum Cane looks very good overall. Again, roots are exposed. Some have taken a tumble but most are upright. Yea! (Photos 1 & 2)
  • The Soil is back to the Chocolate Pudding stage.
  • Open Soil shifted "downstream". That which was covered by Plants and protected by their extensive roots stayed pretty close. (Photo 3)
  • Some Onions are about washed out of the Soil. (Photo 3)
  • Paths in the Garden worked well to channel water, seemingly decreasing damage.
  • Sunflowers took a hit. Many of their roots are exposed. Some will be OK. Others we will lose. This has definitely not been a Sunflower year, at least so far. (Photos 4 & 5)
  • We had wilt with the Brussels Sprouts but they perked back up when they were out of the Sun.
  • Some Potatoes are exposed. (Photo 6)
  • We will not know the complete effects until the coming days and weeks. Nature is resilient and robust. Damage to roots and sitting in damp Soils can set up challenges. We are here to learn.

Notes: The 2 pictures are especially intended for Hollis and Deleta. This is Sorghum Cane, one of 2 crops the Crawford family will be using for the making of Molasses in September. So far, the Cane looks pretty good. Again those fine roots are exposed. More Rain is predicted the next few days. Time will tell. I guess, as always, it really is out of our hands. We will do the best we can.

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