Although parts of north Bee County lost power for some hours, it’s a minor inconvenience in the exchange.
Clearly it’s too little, too late for any of our crops to benefit and many ranchers have long since sold off most of their livestock. We’ve suffered a long dry spell in the past five years with some intermittent wet periods, not unlike the 1930s and ‘50s.
Obviously one rain isn’t going to break the drought, although meteorologists are projecting a wet fall with changes in the El Niño pattern in the Pacific. This would be helpful but, again, it’ll take more than one wet fall to pull us back closer to our 31-inch average rainfall.
We’re currently trailing our monthly averages by some 11 inches for the year prior to Thursday night’s rain. That’s on top of the more than 12 inch deficit Bee County ran in 2008. That’s a lot of dry to make up.
While the weather is topic No. 1 in most casual conversations around here these days, it’s also one over which we have the least control. The joke around our office is if we really want rain immediately, the state should just move up the opening of dove season to August 1. One wag suggested that would also bring a cold front.
All joking aside, citizens wishing to take a more proactive approach to our burning need for more rain, there is an opportunity Tuesday evening.
The Beeville Ministerial Alliance will conduct a prayer service for rain at 6 p.m. in the Bee County Courthouse. It is free and open to the public to participate.
Think of it as seeding the clouds with prayer.