...'Til it's gone. Joni Mitchell.
Just wanted to mention that it rained three times here yesterday, including a fine, furious thunderstorm last night. I went out in the convertible and got under the thunderhead, and not only had to raise the roof but could barely see on the way back to the barn, splashing through huge instantaneously-appearing puddles. And right now it's overcast, and only 75°.
It's the most rain we've had in a month. TOP has many readers not in the U.S. who might be only vaguely aware that 60 to 80% of our fair land is suffering under moderate to severe drought right now. I have a cousin who's an organic farmer in Indiana who is going to lose his entire crop this year. All of it.
As I read about the drought, it appears that the worst effects might eventually be felt not by us, but by grain-importing foreign nations. It will be some of the world's poorest on whom the effects of our drought will be most dire, no doubt. The way the world works, alas.
The two states just to the south and southwest of me, Illinois and Iowa, grow about a third of the U.S. corn crop, so the drought is a big deal in my part of the world.
I know our Australian friends went through this a few years ago...and that those of you in London would gladly export some of your excess precipitation to us if you could.
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