The worst of this month’s heat wave may be over, but we’re still getting too much of the hot stuff, and not enough of the wet stuff. So far the thunderstorms have been quite scattered; we need several more inches of rain than we’re getting before the drought can be declared over. On the other hand, we got enough rain to make conditions muggy; the humidity makes it often feel like it’s still as hot as it was two weeks ago. The good news is that it is only in the 70s and low 80s when clouds cover the sky, as was the case for most of today.
I read the other day that 55 percent of the United States is suffering from drought right now, and to meet a drought worse than this, you have to go all the way back to 1956.
I have also noticed that I hear cicadas buzzing when I go outside. In Florida there’s nothing strange about that; I heard them every year in July and August. However, here in Kentucky we had a swarm of them in 2008, and then did not hear from them again until now. I wouldn’t call this year’s batch a “swarm”; my guess is that somehow their life cycles got out of sync with most of the bugs. Or they might be a different species from the so-called “seventeen-year locust.”