By Jamie Rieger
What a difference a year makes. One year ago, we were enduring a long-drawn out drought, watching the parched fields and hoping lightning or human would not spark a grassfire. Ranchers were growing increasingly concerned about how they would manage (and afford) to supply feed for their cattle for the cold winter months.
This summer, thus far, Mother Nature doesn’t seem to want to turn off the taps and has been inundating southern Alberta with a vengance in the form of hard-hitting thunderstorms, with hail and heavy rainfall.
While our yards are nice and green without having to turn on the sprinkler, most of us are now looking for sunshine and heat to be drying things up. The moisture is always appreciated, no doubt, but enough is enough. It seems like things are not quite dry enough when we head outside to get some work done; trying to get as much outdoor work done while the going is good.
A happy medium would be nice. How about a good mix of rain and sun, rather than one extreme or the other? That certainly does not seem like too much to ask for, to me.
As we head into the dog days of summer, also known as August, perhaps the thunderstorms will become less frequent and less severe and we can spend more than a few fleeting moments outside in the sunshine before the sun once again hides behind the darkening clouds.
Summer goes by quick enough at the best of times, let’s hope the last bit of it offers some nicer weather than the first half did.