I am writing this at 7:02 A.M. on Saturday, May 1, 2010. I was up VERY early preparing to head out to The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve for a long workday. I was in and out of the house getting the tools loaded. I had spent quite a while last night packing food, sunscreen, gloves, water and other items to make this morning go smooth.
I knew that there was a very small chance for rain but it was so minute that I kept on packing. I knew that a rainout could NOT happen three times in a row, so I continued on like I was on a mission. Actually, I was on a mission. With all of the rain over the winter, we had weeds that defied the imagination... growing like they intended to become trees. As Steward for The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve, I know that this "mock forest" will have to go before the season kicks off. I had several volunteers that were eager for a hard day of brush and weed clearing, rock moving, trail work and a dozen other projects that have to be done BEFORE we can open on May 13th. Yes, we are opening for the 2010 season on Thursday, May 13th....barring any thunderstorm activity on that day.
Don’t get me wrong, I do not wish to bar any activity associated with RAIN. I love rain. I love what rain does when it hits my wilted flowers. I love the smell of rain. I love how things cool off a bit when rain meets the earth. BUT...when it rains we sometimes get lightening and occasionally, even hail.
This is what I saw on the radar prior to calling my wonderful volunteers to say, "Rainout AGAIN!" The radar that I pulled up on the computer screen looked like a parade of fire trucks....RED and moving quickly...right over the bat cave area. There was not only a warning for possible thunderstorms, but there were FOUR:
Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Special Weather Statement
Hazardous Weather Outlook
Short Term Forecast
Needless to say, I shall TRY again next Saturday, May 8...same time, same place. To get in on all of this fun, give me a call at 325-347-5169. Please leave a message if I am away from the phone and I will gladly call you back.