It's MUGGY tonight in SoCal.
Very unusual for SoCal.
If I didn't know better, I'd swear I was in corn growing country back
in the Midwest.
Another couple of days of this and you will be able to hear the corn
growing if you're in North Central Illinois driving from Chicago to St
From what I hear, this is going to be a good corn year.
Hope it is a good year for corn, but they don't grow corn here in
I'll take the low humidity typical most of the year here in SoCal.
My cousin, a grain farmer in North Central IN, isn't complaining,
especially when he just missed those tornados that hit his neighbors.
Couple of weeks ago, they got 5+" of rain overnight at the Ag station
in Wooster, OH (50 miles South of Cleveland, 30 miles west of the
Football Hall of Fame in Canton).
It was within 1" of what SoCal got for the whole year this year which
was about 6+".
Normal year is about 12"-14".
It's raining here in Carlsbad, CA. If it keeps up at this rate for a
few more days, we might have a measurable amount.
[as he moves stage left into the paper mache sunset whilst singing
"raindrips keep falling on my <censored>"]
Not out of the ordinary the last 15 years or so to go from May 24 to
labour day with less than 2 inches of rain here in central Ontario.
"if the lawn is green in August, its not grass" - this year it's been
raining at least weekly - the lawn grows 3 or 4 inches a week, and
lots of fields are under water. Toronto Airport got over 5 inches of
rain in 2 hours - more than Hurricane Hazel dumped in total back in
1954. A couple weeks back the "holland marsh" vegetable growing area
flooded - some areas under 10 feet of water.
I went through four hours of aggravation and consider myself lucky
compared to many.
- After a hospital appointment, waited 40 minutes for it to let up
enough to dash for the subway.
- Waited 45 minutes for the subway only to have it cancelled system
- Wandered around for an hour in a mall while waiting for Wheeltrans.
- Then they told me they couldn't get me a ride.
- Got soaked again going back to the hospital looking for a ride.
- Got lucky, a friend saw me sitting by the side of the road and gave
me a ride home.
All it cost me was four hours and a soaking. Power was on and
elevators were working when I got home and that's it. I was lucky
compared to thousands of others.
Somehow I feel deprived. I have never even seen a subway except on
TV. The last (and only) time I have ridden in a taxi was in Osaka
1981. There is only one elevator in town--in the courthouse. It has
On 7/12/2013 10:08 AM, email@example.com wrote:
I believe the advantages of a rural area far out weigh the
disadvantages, In fact right now I can think of no disadvantages. I
live about 20 miles from Raleigh NC. The only time we go downtown, is
when there is no alternative.
That's a disadvantage right there. The disadvantages I was mainly
thinking of were medical and health related. Hospitals, the support of
emergency response teams, etcetera.
How many people are in your town? Where will help come from if you
experience a tornado or a flood? I'm guessing that much of it will
come from 20 miles away. That takes time.
I'm not saying there aren't any advantages, but smaller towns come
with their own set of difficulties, many that a city might not
On 7/12/2013 9:51 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
We have two major hospitals within about 20 minutes of our house. The
fire department is about 2.5 miles from our house. The emergency
response team works out of the fire station.
The nearest town is about 8 miles away. It is small and I don't know the
population but believe it is about 4600.
Our addition is about 500 people. Our addition has a swamp creek to the
west that is about a half mile wide from high ground to high ground.
On the other three sides are farm fields with Tobacco, Wheat, etc. There
are cattle and horse pastures.
We can see the stars, and there is no back ground noise from cars buses,
freeways and all of the other things that produce the back ground noise
in the City.
We have deer in the yard on a daily basis and a Red Shoulder Hawk hunts
our yard. Buzzards and other birds are all over the place.
Where will help come from if you experience a tornado or a flood? I'm
guessing that much of it will
If we experience a tornado the help will come from my neighbors. If
there were damaged houses, the neighbors will be there for any emergency.
We have several nurses who live quite close. I have a volunteer fireman
next door. We have axes, chainsaw, and all other equipment needed for
most emergencies. Several tractors and several ATV's The farmers
around here have some very large Farm equipment. We and several other
neighbor have a full complement of camping gear.
It is my experience that by the time the government remembers us, the
community will have everything under control.
When the official do arrive we will tell them what we need. With the ATV
and four wheeled vehicles, any injured will be on their way to the
hospital with neighbor qualified to handle the situation. There will be
no one wringing their hands asking what and when the government is going
to come and give them.
For Flood to be a consideration, we are high enough that half the county
will have to be flooded before water reaches us.
I have found that in an emergency, people accept the jobs the accident
put them into. While the newspaper talk about panic there is usually
only one or two people that loose it, and then only momentarily. People
in an emergency step in and do what is necessary.
PS I have been through several hurricanes, other storms and on a dock
where a fireworks bomb (about 10" in diameter)exploded in a group of
people, and seen how people come together in an emergency.
Everything you describe sounds pretty great. I've long wished my
health was better so I could experience the full benefits of something
like you've described. But, that's not to be. I'm literally forced to
stay in the city where medical access, specialists and relatively easy
access are all available to me on a few minutes notice.
Back when I lived in Northern Ohio, anything less than 1/4" rain per
week was considered a drought.
It was time to water the lawns.
BTW how did the asparagus farmers NE of Peterbourgh make out?
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