||[Jul. 8th, 2015|09:01 pm]
After sprinkling off and on for a couple of hours it has begun to drizzle. Although the clouds didn't get thick until a couple of hours after noon, they still managed to moderate the heat, so I didn't have to turn the air conditioner on all day, and I began opening the windows in late afternoon. Now I can smell the wetness as the dry ground soaks up the rain and the brown blades of grass lie back and let the clear beads gather on them. The world is about to sink into darkness, but I hear rumbling and will probably soon be seeing the landscape again by flashes of lightning. The rain is apt to be falling intermittently through tomorrow, and the night could get pretty chilly, which pleases me no end.|
There has already been rain in various parts of the region over the last couple of days, and there have even been flash flood warnings issued for several areas. One area in Placer County (which is actually quite some distance south of here) had two inches of rain. We probably won't get that much, unless we're lucky enough to be right under a cloudburst at some point, but I'm still hoping for enough to eliminate the need to water the yard for a week or so. But best of all is the coolness the storm is bringing. Tomorrow it will only get into the seventies, and the next few nights could dip into the low fifties. I really needed this break from the heat.
I'm going to shut this machine down now, just in case the lightning suddenly gets fierce. So far I haven't seen any, but it can come up fast, and the rumble of thunder, though still distant, is frequent enough to worry me.
Oh, forgot to mention: this afternoon a helicopter circled the neighborhood very low for about half an hour. I smelled no smoke so I doubt they were monitoring a fire. It looked more like a manhunt, or maybe lion or bear watch, but I haven't heard anything about one, and I didn't hear any sirens so if they were looking for a guy, lion, or bear, it probably got away. I suppose I might never find out what it was about. Unless it was a lion and it eats me tonight, but then I'll only know briefly and will be dead before I can write an entry about it. You'll have to imagine the entry for me. Don't forget to mention the weather in it.
The gardenias sure smell good in the cool rain.
Lions and bears! You've seen those hunts before? And by helicopter! Huh.
Hope you do get the coolth (but without lions). That sounds wonderful. :)
Mountain lions do occasionally come into town, and when there is a sighting the authorities like to keep track of the animal, so they will send out a forest service helicopter to track it. Sometimes the helicopter alone is enough to send the beast hightailing it back into the woods. Otherwise rangers have to corner it, shoot it with a tranquilizer dart, and truck it off to some distant place to be released.
If the helicopter that was here yesterday was tracking a lion then the animal must have been only two or three hundred yards from my house, as that's where the center of the helicopter's circle was. That would have put the lion right behind a charter school that is just up the main road a piece.
As a rule, lions are not allowed to enroll their cubs in charter schools (at least not in California), nor are they hired as teachers, and they are typically discouraged from eating a school's students or staff, so the lion clearly would have had no business there.
Well, that's right unneighborly, the way they'd chase that lion away! He might turn out to be a fine, upstanding citizen. Or maybe not, if he chows down on the neighbors. :D
Well, there are a couple of neighbors I'd not be especially unhappy to see devoured— though it could certainly diminish local property values if it happened too often.