Late Summer Rains a Good Thing

A spring week in late summer-early fall. That's how Tony is describing this week's rains. His blog highlights the pros and cons of September rains.

Good Timing for Soaking Rains

OK, I admit it. I editorialized on Friday saying, “good timing with next week’s rains coming after we have enjoyed a nice outdoorsy weekend for festivals and football”.

When you work week days and are off weekends, you tend to be myopic (or is the word selfish?) when thinking of rainy days being bad and sunny days good.

Still, in my world, all days are beautiful in their own way. After all, when you are a weather freak, as long as things change you are happy.

Now comes round two of my editorializing. You see this week’s soaking rains are coming at a perfect time in a few regards. First off, the fall fire season is almost at hand and after a hot late summer with only sporadic rains, the need for rain before the leaves fall is high. Bingo!

In addition, for freshly seeded lawns and spiked golf course greens, this week’s one to two inches of steady rains will afford maximum seepage into the ground. Falling in soaking intervals 24-36 hours apart, the rains will go a long way to making your lawn and landscape look pretty late this fall and especially next spring.

Now if you suffer from ragweed pollen, then the rains will wash the leftover weed pollens from the air. Since ragweed has a 6 week period to do its dirty work, the fact that ragweed season began around August 7th means the door for ragweed hay fever sufferers to be wheezing and sneezing is closing shut !

Of course, the rains will slow down the harvest going on but since this is typically the dry time of the year, some good field and harvest work time is ahead before the first frosts of autumn arrive in October.

As for the Apple Festival in Jackson, Main and Broadway will be hopping starting noon on Tuesday as visitors by the tens of thousands come to town. This year's theme is "Country Farms and Apple Charms". Naturally, rain is not on the invitee list though the WSAZ News team has cordially been beckoned to the School parade on Wednesday.

Then as we look ahead to the weekend of college and high school football, any cool showers that linger could affect tailgates and touchdown passes alike.

Add it all up and like it or not, fall rains are early and occuring while most people are at work this week.

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