The Virginia monsoon season has apparently arrived three months late. Fourteen years ago when I moved
to the "Old Dominion" from Rhode Island everyone said March will rain and the Shenandoah River will flood. I have noticed
the past three years a climate change that has reduced March rain totals. This shift has moved wet weather further
into late spring and summer before we fall into the annual drought period.
Our rain is coming down hard with raindrops the size of eyeballs. Most of the creeks and runs are swollen.
Several roads are now impassable, but if your are smart drivers will notice the signs telling them",Hey, don't go this
way!" A lot of people see the signs but assume they were put there for other drivers not themselves. Needless to say
these brave souls discover quickly most vehicles are for land use only and the machines are not amphibious,
although some float for awhile.
A large whip of thunder shook the windows just a moment ago. The rain has no forecast quit in it
until late tonight.
What this needed percipitation will bring us besides happy grass and trees will be increased mosquito activity.
They will be out hatching from dormant egg rafts, metamorphisizing into wiggling and tumbling creatures. Hungry females
will be out in force looking for a good blood meal so they can lay eggs in the water that the Virginia monsoon has