FWIW, it hasn't rained on us (SW KS) in nearly a month and we've had
barely 3" for the year...on YTD we're behind even the worst of the
dirty-30's...otoh, it has finally this year (as opposed to previous two)
rained some in the middle/eastern parts of the state as well as OK/NE...
It is interesting how the weather is cyclic. After a number of years
with low rain Fort Wayne Indiana is getting a lot of rain like much of
the eastern US.
I found an article in the Reading Eagle dated June 18 1868 (Reading
Pennsylvania) about the storms in the Fort Wayne area. It is described
as "the most terrible thunder and rain storms that have ever been
It goes on to say that one man was killed during the storm. It continues
talk about the hundreds of feet of railroad track destroyed and bridges
washed out. It talks about many families "washed" out of their homes.
It finishes by say the destruction to property is immense and they
have no idea of the cost as it has not yet been assessed.
Interesting nearly 100 years later with the use of current phraseology,
the story could have be taken from any newspaper today
You are welcome to it, Lew. I was in Oregon & Washington the first week of
July...it was so dry my legs were itching like crazy, all red and almost
raw. I would have been oozing blood if I hadn't kept them lathered with
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