Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Just before noon clouds gathered in the west. At this point we are almost afraid to hope for the much needed rain. Storms have moved across the central plains only to skirt our area, or move sharply to the north.
As I passed this construction site the clouds had darkened and within 10 minutes the skies opened up and drenched the parched ground. Unfortunately the rain only lasted about 30 minutes, followed a little later by another short cloudburst.
Driving home I noticed the corn which only yesterday had assumed a frightening posture - leaves extended skyward in a contorted plea, had relaxed with the gift of moisture. Water, traveling up the stalk to the leaves had filled the cells and relaxed the leaves. They now arch gracefully back towards the ground. More rain is promised for this weekend and that, as Martha would say, is a good thing.