There are certain weather-related events that I won't ever forget:
- The drought of 1988 when I had just started to garden and to give the the weather my full attention.
- Or Madison's 100 inches of snow the winter of 2007/08 (below)
- Or the year the big Austrian pine twisted in a winter storm and came down on Mark's beautiful fence without damaging it all.
- This will be the year when we got 10+ inches of rain in one day and 14 inches in a month.
While these numbers are memorable I'd already forgotten that it rained to a greater or lesser degree on 23 out of 29 days in May of 2017.
These stats seem to suggest that when it rains it's heavier and more frequent. Whether these numbers are just fluke occurrences or the harbingers of climate change, only time will tell — a very long time. But these numbers also suggest that I need to pay more attention to what's happening in my own back yard and to keep better records of these weather events than just random blog entries.
October's rainfall total as of Monday, Oct. 8th, 2018: 4.46 inches (11.32 cm.) — or a month's typical amount in a matter of days. At the moment, this seems to be our new normal. I'm worried that the new plants I put in the garden this fall may rot before they've had a chance to root.