High Temperature: 66F Low Temperature: 39F Sunrise: 6:26 am Sunset: 8:17 pm Humidity:45% Wind:n 17 mph Chance of Rain: 0%
At midnight, large, heavy drops of rain intermittently thudded on the roof as thunder boomed. Then all was quiet until 1:58 am when the sound of high winds whipping the leaves woke me. Rain lashed the windows. The storm didn't last long, but the result was an inch and a half of rain in our rain gauge. It brought with it considerably cooler temperatures, a brisk wind and a first-days-of-Spring-like nip in the air. For the morning walk, we pulled on our heavier coats, hats, and gloves. Ike was in heaven. He is a dog meant for Alaska or Maine.
The low spots in the pasture that had finally dried out are filled again with water. The crayfish will emerge from their dank holes in search of a meal and to rebuild their high towers of mud. The fresh water has reignited the frogs' chorus (and libidos). The sky and air have been refreshed and it feels as if Spring has started all over again.
Bird sighting: The Painted Bunting has made its return to its summer home. Today we saw the male and female snacking on grass seeds and flirting shamelessly.