The photo above is one of Little Lake Butte des Morts on June 16th. Another day without rain, but a perfect summer day. The above-normal heat of June had subsided, but the slime green is a telltale sign of how our weather has been. The lake thinks it’s August, the dog days of summer, not the waning days of spring. Too many hot hours in the upper 80’s and low 90’s F (30-34C), without rain, have lowered water levels, made plants wilt, turned grass to straw and put a nice algae haze on some of our waters. Normal June temps in Wisconsin are in the 70’s.
While biking on the 16th, I stopped on one of the lake’s bridges and realized exactly how low the water level is. Normally, you don’t see fish swimming on the bottom. Normally, I don’t see the bottom.
Thursday night we finally had rain, a very loud thunderstorm, but what we could use are cooler days and two days of a steady, soaking rain. It might help the trees, gardens and lawns.
Not all of the lakes, rivers and streams look sad or green, but I can tell that their depth has diminished.
Lake Winnebago was looking gorgeous, at least from a distance.
I don’t like hot weather, not anymore. I used to love it as a child and teenager, but these days it’s almost as bad as being stuck inside on a cold winter day. I love being outside during the warmer months – on the bike, walking, or sitting on the patio – so the drone of the room A/C units, plus allergies and dry eyes, don’t make for ideal conditions. I’m hoping the rest of summer is not like this. I prefer upper 70s, low humidity, and enough rain to keep everything happy.
Friday was another hot day, but today promises to be cooler. It’s a good thing since I’m heading out soon to help a friend with an ongoing project in her garage. We’ll be at it for most of the day, so if I don’t chat much…
Stay cool and hydrated, my friends.
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Just go with the flow.
Like a babbling brook or rain drops. Click HERE if this type of writing floats your boat or helps with your decision-making. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “hat/het/hit/hot/hut.” Choose one, choose ’em all, put ’em in your post. Enjoy!