I thought somehow the news would be better this year. I suppose it is better, but it doesn’t feel better enough! Today’s news featured an upcoming heat wave, bringing us close to second of the hottest ever summer records. Not only that, but Henri left behind a lot of humidity and it has been raining — a LOT — so everything is wet. Oh, we’re already number three is the “most rain in July” ratings and nudging the top for August.
But that was not enough. We’ve been talking about it but today they officially announced “this is a really terrible year for mosquitoes.” You mean the cloud of mosquitoes that enfolds us when we go out — it’s like that everywhere in the valley?
Yes, we are a very wet place. It’s just that we were having a long drought, but wetlands are the dominant type of “ground” in the valley. All of our woods are protected. You can’t drain or build on wetlands. Period. In a year like this with such heavy, relentless rains, the wetlands are a lot wetter than they are usually. Plenty of room to breed an insane number of mosquitoes. It’s awful!
The official forecast is for very hot, humid weather with a massive wave of hungry mosquitoes.
Doesn’t that sound great?