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One Moment, Please...How much is too much?


Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

OK, we had a record snowfall, and now it looks like our Spring has sprung a leak to give us a potentially record rainfall. Are we working in the direction of a record heat wave, too? I doubt it at this point, but who knows.

And, this recent stormy weather has hit us hard with 80 mph winds, hail, flooding and even the risk of tornadoes. Some of us have experienced damage, but fortunately there have been no serious injuries.

All of this rain is a complete contrast to last year’s weather conditions when the river was low and there were concerns about a drought.

The pendulum has swung in the other direction, and we are getting more than our share of precipitation.

But, how much is too much rain? Here’s my top 10 list.

1. When your basement now doubles as your swimming pool.

2. When our local farmers start considering the prospects of hydroponic agriculture.

3. When our school districts start discussing how rowing may replace baseball or softball for spring sports.

4. When your children build a playhouse out of sandbags and they think this is normal.

5. When you see amphibious golf carts on our local golf courses.

6. When you start giving directions to travelers like, “Well, you just head downstream, and take a left at the green house on the corner.”

7. When trout are swimming out of the frying pan on your stove in your kitchen.

8. When the Root River looks like the Mississippi River.

9. When the 10-day precision forecast says “Rainy with a ray of sunlight” every single day.

10. When Kevin Costner brings his film crew to Fillmore County to film Waterworld 2.

Well, we can’t control the weather, but we can sure talk about it. Do you realize the average person talks about the weather at least seven minutes per day? So, hopefully we’ll have some better weather to talk about in the very near future.

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