Rain that won't go away

Submitted by OcracokeWaves on Mon, 09/03/2012 - 16:02.
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With all the places that could use the rain, it is tough to watch all the precipitation go to waste here in Eastern North Carolina where we are having a hard time putting together a streak of dry days.

A little over twelve months ago, I wrote a post with the title "Strange Stuff Falling Out of the Sky." The summer of 2011 brought us so little rain that we had a hard time remembering what it looked or sounded like.

In July of 2012, I wrote a post about weather never being normal.  At the time we still had a home in Roanoke, Virginia.   The mountain area of Southwest Virginia was once again in the midst of very dry times. It always amazes me how you can be dry one summer and wet the next.

Our coastal summer of 2012 had just the right mix of rain and sun until August when the rains came. Then there seemed to be no stopping the precipitation.  I think my rain total at our dock was eleven inches for August

Wet or dry weather can happen anywhere.  Along the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina,  we can see wet weather that defies description and then a streak of weather that begs to be bottled.

So far August and September of 2012 are proving to be wetter than most of us would like.  Sometime around 3 AM on Labor Day of 2012 the thunder started rumbling.  Sprinkles of rain came later and by late morning we picked up another quarter inch of rain that we didn't need. I am glad that I rolled out of bed early and went outside to turn my kayak upside down.

Still the rain made thoughts of spending the first part of the day under blue skies disappear.  I also had to give up the hope of heading over to the Point for another stunning hike early in the afternoon.  However, you never can count out the blue skies here on the coast.  We still have the evening, and it could be spectacular.

Every time we hit a stretch of wet weather like September of 2011 or the last couple of months, I am reminded of the old advice to make hay while the sun is shining.

It is one of the things that I try to take to heart.  If the weather is good, I try to do something that I will remember even if it is just a walk in the neighborhood or a quick ride down the river in our skiff.

Even in a place like the Crystal Coast which is usually known for blue skies and emerald waters, you have to take advantage of the good weather.  Last year I managed to get out for some hikes between Hurricane Irene and the other storms that threatened the area.  It was well worth the effort.

I am not crazy enough to challenge rumbling thunder in a kayak or a boat out on the water, but I am always watching for an opportunity to enjoy the area when the weather clears. 

Even if  I just manage to sneak out on the water to catch the sunset as the skies clear or if I just get to enjoy some quiet  waters during a morning walk before the summer thunderstorms roll into the area, it makes me feel alive and connected to the world around me.

Perhaps wanting to be part of the outside world dates me as an old timer.  I would much rather to be connected to the world around me than tied to an iPod.  I remain amazed when I see someone hiking along the beach with their ears plugged up with ear buds from an electronic device.


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