|Hail piled a foot high at the office|
It begins with severe drought conditions and a near statewide closure of the National Forests, then swiftly proceeds to be one of the wettest months in years. Then armageddon paid a visit to Casa Dirt around mid-month, bringing 1.25+ inches of rain cascading down in a twenty minute period. Along with the downpour came a hard driving blast of blueberry-sized hail which shredded all plant life. Hail cover accumulated on the ground like super-mean-spirited-hostile-snow before the rains melted it down and washed it away. Unexpected would be a fine way to describe it.
End result: Rain barrels filled-over with water sitting mere feet away from a garden now torn asunder. A whole fence line of grape vines (and grapes), no mas. An entire plot of happy green chile plants reduced to stems with roots. Now if that ain't a step-back kick in the junk. I didn't cry, but it did get me thinking about how other men sometimes sob and cry and carry-on and that all sunk my spirits some. Then I remembered that there was some cold IPA in the fridge and that was that and now here's August.
|Front porch geranium took one for the team. Sorry bro.|
|The St Francis underpass did not fair well. Took a day to |
drain and dry then a crew from the City came in and swept it clean.
|High water mark from the tunnel flood reached just above the crossbar of my bike. That's no joke.|
And some downstream video of the biblical event:
The Arroyo Chamisos in flood mode - near Camino Carlos ReyCray-cray
- Arroyo Chamiso Bike Underpass Nears Completion
- More to Dirt than just Trails and Adventure
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