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Your Tuesday Update: Rumors

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I’m volunteering at a National Park in Maine. We’re in a serious drought, but rain is predicted tonight–several inches worth. Some serious rain is on the way. We’ve been here just over a month, now, and this will be only the third or fourth time it has rained (fog has been rare, too, which is weird) and each time it has been a deluge that has rutted out the bike trails in the park. I’m not actually sure I’ve experienced a light rain all summer….

This morning I was talking to a park visitor who mentioned that where she’s from, in the Southern US, they’ve had a huge amount of rain lately and they’re getting lots of floods. I mentioned our drought and she said that her area has been having a serious drought, too, until recently. Is there any part of this country that is not either in a drought or flooding or both at once?

No, I’m not trying to claim that this anything other than a group of anecdotes. It’s just un-nerving, that vague sense of the weather being broken. Which it probably is.


Author: Caroline Ailanthus

I am a creative science writer. That is, most of my writing is creative rather than technical, but my topic is usually science. I enjoy explaining things and exploring ideas. I have one published novel and another on the way. I have a master's degree in Conservation Biology and I work full-time as a writer.

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