Friday, September 06, 2019
Lightening, thunder and downpours through most of yesterday. Arriving home from work, I discovered a window screen that had been clawed to shreds by Miles who desperately had wanted into the house. He has outside shelter, but thunder renders him nearly sensless, and frightens the others, too, but they manage to hunker and wait. They’re impacted by sudden commanding noises, similar to when we hike in open country, and they on hearing gunshots take off and disappear.
Not long ago, during our penultimate, sudden and so far most severe storm, Miles clawed through a bathroom window screen. The window opening was too small, but considering his desperation, he’d have bullied into it. I was at home and managed to get him inside before he got hung up in the small window.
Yesterday, maybe I’d have skipped going to work if it had seemed like rain. Actually, early that morning, we had a very light rainfall, surprising, and lasting just minutes. The sun came out and the weather was warm. I arrived to work and left the car windows open for cool at day’s end. An hour later, even from deep inside Costco, we heard roaring thunder and soon a heavy downpour. These repeated often. I ran outside, remembering with irritation that brief early morning warning. Rolling up my car windows, I thought about Miles. Maybe I should have stayed home.
Here’s the upshot: I’ve lived here with these dogs for a bunch of years, with nothing like these torn screens ever happening. Nor have I known the dogs so highly desperate to come inside during rains. This year is different. We used to get one very heavy rainfall annually, maybe extended over a couple or three days, and with thunder and lightening. Sure there were little rains–but usually just one great biggie. This year, we’ve received numerous rains, some downpours with massive thunder and lightening.
It’s time for me to think. Given that it’s going to become cooler, should I bother to replace the screens? If heavy rains continue within short periods, should I take a leave of absence from my part-time job to manage the animals?
It’s also appropriate now to wonder: Is climate change effecting us locally? Could we draw some conclusions from “The Old Farmer’s Almanac for 2020”, which predicts that the upcoming winter will be as cold, wet, and overwhelming as last year?
Dear Friends: Country living is great, but at times it’s almost overwhelming. Diana