Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Too much rain & too little June 17, 2014

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RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY, come again another day.

Driving home in the rain Saturday afternoon near Owatonna.

Driving home in the rain Saturday afternoon near Owatonna.

Minnesotans are wishing just that. Give us some dry weather after this perpetual rainfall which has inundated our state in recent days.

If only we could ship this moisture west…to California.

My friend Norma would certainly welcome it. She tells me of temps over 110 in the southern central valley region. Dirt, not dust, storms brought unhealthy brown fog that lingered for two days. She tells of waves of dirt and brushing dirt from her car.

I cannot imagine.

She worries about valley fever spores that swirl in the arid climate. Valley fever is a lung infection brought on by inhaling a microscopic fungus that is found in the region’s soil.

She is concerned, too, about orange growers and other farmers. Already food prices are rising in grocery stores.

This area of California needs rain.

Just like Minnesota doesn’t need more moisture right now.

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18 Responses to “Too much rain & too little”

  1. Dan Traun Says:

    Not sure what fell overnight, but it was 4″ before that recently. It is getting pretty soggy. I do like not having to water everything though 🙂

  2. treadlemusic Says:

    1.6″ last eve here. Drove home around 8:00 pm from town in the heaviest rain ever (even heavier than the flooding rains in ’07). Tom said we did get some hail. Our bus trip took us toward Madison/Waunakee but we were out of the area before the really bad stuff hit!!!! River rising and will probably have to bring the camper home by the end of the week/weekend……sigh……..

  3. My parents motorhome is stranded and surrounded by water with two others in the RV Park this morning – so not good news. They were able to move their vehicle and golf cart to higher ground though. Wet ground and heavy RV are not a good combo. You can send the rain Out West and it would go to good use. I will do a rain, rain go away dance for the Midwest 🙂 Hang in there and Stay as dry as possible!

  4. hotlyspiced Says:

    I’m sorry to hear about all your rain. After all your snow you would think you could have some pleasant weather. It’s the same in Oz though – the rain never falls where it’s needed most xx

  5. Thread crazy Says:

    I am so sorry you all are getting so much rain…wish you could send it our way as we’re still way behind. Had a little rain last month, just enough for the farmers to get some things planted. Hope you all don’t get flooded.


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