what happened to the weather
We have been in a drought for the last year at least. The main dam that we rely on for our water is now below the 30% level.
Water restrictions apply; no hoses, watering plants can be done by bucket if you feel the need to keep them alive, washing cars has to be by bucket too - no hosing the thing off. The fountains in the city have been drained and decommissioned -
making them look rather odd, especially the one filled with a new flower garden.
Anytime we have had rain in the last year we get the same message from the media; "it wasn't in catchment area", like a fucking mantra, a catch phrase for anything to do with water, to the point that people automatically say it for them.
Previous rain has been serious downfalls that are quickly disposed of by a warm westerly wind the next day. Almost without fail.
It has been raining on and off now for the last three days; we haven't had a drying wind in between, which means the rain may well have some effect. With it staying on the ground instead of evaporating, even if it "isn't in the catchment area" it will
help, because people won't feel the need to bucket water to their gardens. Maybe the dreaded catchment area actually got some of this anyway - but that will leave the media with nothing to report.
When this finishes (the rain) we will have full blown spring. The wisteria is already popping buds in anticipation.
Even what's left of the lawn is trying to green up. Things are going to look good until we get a warm dry wind through the place again.
Now, to the television for the weather man to explain to me that it's not in the catchment area, and to the news to tell me that New Orleans is about to get flooded or something similar - seems to be a globe of weather extremes. No one's been messing with the ozone layer again have they? George Bush - is that you that's been fooling with the weather?
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