While many of us are thankful we’re not tasked with watering our lawns just now in the late evenings or early mornings, there are those who are thankful this rain and cooler air might help with the winter crop planting.
Others are thankful the recent wildfires are not re-igniting across brittle, dry acreage, as evidenced by the blackened half-moon areas along the Interstate 35E median, for instance.
Still more are glad water is being replenished in area tanks for livestock.
It has been a hard summer across the entire country and for several summers in West and South Texas. But we’re not complaining. We’ve seen worse. And we know we’re among the lucky this year.
With weekend rains bringing 1 to 3 inches and a long drizzly day Tuesday, grass is green, temperatures are mild to cool and tempers are seemingly lessened.
One might even question what month we’re in — late September anyone?
A report released by Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist and regents professor with Texas A&M University, says we could be in for a wetter, cooler winter with an El Nino developing in the tropical Pacific.
While not guaranteed, historical records show Texans see more rain and cooler temperatures during those particular periods. Last winter was much milder and warmer.
For our agrarian roots, the recent weather comes at a particular challenging time as crops are being harvested — corn, milo, sunflowers and soybean are almost out of the field but cotton is just starting.
The much-needed rain, however, prepares the soil for winter pastures and wheat and helps keep livestock in fair to good condition.
We’ve been thinking about these things a little more this week with the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo continuing just down the street on Carroll Boulevard.
In Texas, they say the weather can change in the blink of an eye.
Some have said it seems to have been among the mildest of summers in recent memory. But we’re still a little fried from the 110-plus degree day just a few weeks earlier.
Others bemoan summer in any form in Texas: “It’s just too hot.”
So we’ll be thankful for this cool spell while it lasts. We know that by early September, we could be frying eggs on the sidewalk again.
You just never know.