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Drought can change outlook

Remember when you were disappointed to hear that a summer weather forecast included a chance of precipitation?

A rainy day would spoil your plans, especially when you wanted nothing more than to head for the lake, hit the golf course, join in a baseball or softball game or enjoy some other outdoor activity with your friends or family.

Hey, warm weather was meant for wearing flip-flops and chilling outdoors by the pool, not donning rain boots and dashing through puddles created by summer showers.

We wanted to sit under beach umbrellas and sip cool drinks at our favorite outdoor venues, not huddle beneath rain umbrellas while trying to stay dry on the short walk between the parking lot and our office door.

And how about all those negative references to rain that have become cliches in our language? “Don’t rain on my parade” is one that comes readily to mind.

Yes, storm clouds and rain are often associated with negative feelings and emotions, even sadness and depression, while blue skies and sunshine are typically upbeat signs, denoting happiness and optimism.

Well, today’s weather forecast — like the previous few — calls for a chance of rain, and it hasn’t dampened our enthusiasm at all.

In fact, we’re ecstatic, ready to join the cast of that old-time movie musical in a rousing chorus or two as we stand in the next downpour that comes our way.

The TV weather folks have been predicting a continued sequence of rain events, and they don’t look the least bit apologetic.

Dark clouds overhead? We’re celebrating, laughing all the way to our next appointment. More rain? Bring it on.

Funny, isn’t it, how prolonged drought conditions can change your outlook. A few dry seasons, advancing stages of water conservation measures and dry and brittle grass in the yard can make you look at rain in an entirely different way.

As the lake levels drop, your appreciation of those once-annoying showers begins to rise, and you find yourself shielding your eyes from the heat and glare of the Texas sun as you search for any wispy sign of a cloud in the blue sky overhead.

No one argues that recent rainfall will reverse the drought conditions, but each little bit helps. We’re thankful for every drop.

Plus, those cloudy skies help keep temperatures at a more moderate level, and that’s always a blessing at this time of year.

As Jesse Moore, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth said earlier this week, who would have guessed at midday in June we could have temperatures in the mid-80s?

And don’t forget the best thing about the rain — area lawns are looking better and better, and no one had to run the sprinklers to make it happen.

The downside is that you might have to mow the grass a little sooner, but we’ll take that problem any day.

Besides, our grass is too wet to mow right now anyway.