It’s been raining, pretty constantly, since May. And not just little piddly rain but “here comes Noah’s ark” rain, coming down in sheets with thunder and lightning.
The Trinity River has flooded its banks and reached the first levee walls. My commute to work today took 2.5 hours because of a flooded stretch of highway, which forced vehicles (all four lanes, two from each direction) to the access roads. I had to cancel my early morning class because of it — thank God for early morning division secretaries who can walk down my message to my waiting class of students.
It’s unusual to have rains this heavy in June, especially now that we’re nearing the end of June. The unusual wet climate has fostered an infestation of tent caterpillars and poison ivy, both of which are running rampant in our neighborhood. The mulberry trees and strawberries are toast, consumed by an army of tent caterpillars. Fortunately, they don’t seem to like tomatoes, silver maples, nor oaks that much, thank goodness.
Ironically, last summer was still drought season, with water restrictions in full force and cracked earth. This time, it’s as if the climate is doing a major “correction” (to use Wall Street speak), to balance out the previous drought conditions.
Sign of global warming, or just the occasional, once-in-a-decade rainy phenomenon here in North Texas?
Either way, I really miss the sun.
Rain rain go away…