First came the roar of thunder.

“Oh, wow,” I said. “Maybe we’re going to get some rain, finally!”

“It certainly is dark enough,” Garry said.


The dogs decided they needed to be on the love seat with us because they are very brave about many things, but thunder worries them. Those titans bowling in the clouds means you never know if a giant bowling ball will fall from above.


Then, the sky opened up. For maybe 10 minutes, it poured. Exactly as the weather people on TV were announcing “heavy thunder squalls are passing over southeast Worcester county,” the sun came out.


Not exactly, the extended drenching rain we hoped for, but it’s got to be raining somewhere. Maybe, through the magic of a connected aquifer — and our very deep well — water from wherever it is raining will seep through an intricate network of channels in the rocks to keep our well full enough to continue serving water

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11 replies

  1. I’m glad we don’t have to depend on well water. It’s been so dry here that building foundations are cracking everywhere. Hubby went out and spent two days in extreme heat building up the soil around the foundation and re-seeding it, and that has helped some, but judging by the new cracks elsewhere in the house, the building is settling into the dry ground at a rapid pace (and I refuse to believe it’s because of my recent weight gain).


  2. It was like a tease. Looked promising from your photos but not nearly enough.


  3. after two deadly dry (as in no rain) summers, no fall rains or spring runoff for two years, and no appreciable snow last winter, NH has finally looked out at their brown lawns and drooping trees and Noticed the Drought. So have the weather men. Someone explained to them apparently that droughts are not limited to the midwest or California.

    We have a dug well (emergency for when the pump down cellar starts misbehaving), and an artesian. either way I am very respectful of water usage.
    We had a tad of rain spatters yesterday, a bit of rain last evening, and two days of lovely steady but not nearly enough rain a week ago. The trees are not impressed.


    • Yes, our weather people have finally noticed that same lack of rain. I think they have no idea what to say. So they do their glib silly chatter and casually mention that there’s no substantial rain in the forecast and move on. Extolling the joy of never having it rain on ones summer picnic. This year is actually worse than last year because of the lack of melting snow.


  4. “Thunder squalls” must be a New England term. I never hear “squall” used outside of describing a “squall line” which it seems like you could use now. Droughts are generally broken up by days of torrential rain, and I hope yours comes before it’s cold enough to be the other kind of precip!


    • We all hope, but this is becoming a regular summer pattern of dry, dry heat. When does drought that goes on for a decade get to be renamed “typical summer weather?” Because I think California is now an official “arid zone” and we’re not far behind.


  5. At last. I remember our last spell of big drought in 1976 when it was a very good wine year, although I am no expert. At least it arrived and who knows, there might be more on the way. I also do not like drought. Water is very expensive here and it is better when it rains as you do not have to spray water on the garden.


  6. I hope you continue to get rain showers without flooding!


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