Thursday, July 19, 2012
Cloud burst !!
Monday we'd gotten 1/2" of rain and I saved what I could in the water barrels.
Wednesday we got another 1/4".
Today... Oh today! Around 11:15 we got a really nice downpour for 20 minutes. The temps dropped into the high 60s and we got 1/2" of rain. YAY YAY! Then I checked the radar and saw that we juuust might get another shower in a while. Hmmm.
There was only space for another 20-25 gallons or so in the 3 barrels by the garage. If we get more than a brief shower, I'd miss the opportunity to catch it. So between sprinkles I hustled back to the shed and brought up the 6th (and last) rain barrel. It was all cut and cleaned - ready to go. I set it up to catch the garage runoff.
Then I went back to the shed where I quickly baled out half of each of the 2 barrels into 2 empty 32-gallon compost bins. That way, should we get more than a shower, the barrels would have room to catch it all. There. Now we wait.
And there it came. Slowly at first, then a little harder, and then lots of rolling THUNDER and another little cloud burst. It didn't last long, but it gave us .3" Total - .8" Jeeze. That's more rain than we've gotten in the past 19 days! And I caught it ALL.
So right now I'm sitting on 395 gallons of rainwater! I feel like I've won a lottery. Add in the cool temps (which won't last - the sun is coming out now) and it's like money in the bank! I'm actually a little giddy. Temporary? Sure. But for now -- what a wonderful respite from the broiling temps and parched weather.
Hope you fellow Ohio gardeners caught some of this today. :-D