Thankfully, I have a lot of help to make sure I don't miss such things. I no kidding got a phone call at 0335 telling me we had lightning. Then eight minutes later another control center called to tell me the same thing. Then a couple minutes after that, the dog stuck his nose on my arm and said, "As long as you're up..."
It's good to see some of the areas that need rain so badly are finally getting some. Hopefully it holds on for awhile and is not just one system moving through. It's funny how areas not that far apart can be so different as here in Colorado where I live we have only had a couple of weeks with none at all. And I know there are parts of the country that are praying that they not get anymore for awhile till things settle down with all the flooding they have been getting.
We I guess my rain dances are working as we had a good rain last night, July 04, 2011, and that makes for two days in a row of that precious moisture.
The weather forecast is predicting 30% chances of rain all week which for us is almost a 100% guarantee of rain. As I get older it seems that the drought conditions have gotten worse but maybe I just didn't pay attention to this stuff when I was younger?
I'm in hopes that New Mexico can get some rain too but it appears that the storms are blowing westward towards California. Hang in there folks and as Baxter Black says, "Hang on and pray for rain." That's really about all we can do anyway.
Over the years I have seen several elk and deer hides left in the woods by hunters and I have to wonder why they do this? I fully understand and agree about getting the hide off the animal as soon as possible to cool the meat, but why not pack out the hide with you and use it? As far as I know there are no state laws that require you to take the hide home, but to me why waste such a beautiful part of the animal? Some might think they have no use for the hide or it costs too much to tan....