Sunday, July 19, 2009

It is a study of contrasts. This week has been one of the nicest weeks I have had since moving to the mountains in April 1974 more than 35 years ago. While there have been many locations in Colorado with temperatures over 100 this week we have enjoyed highs in the 60s and low 70s. The contrast is the rainy weather that we had for several weeks in May, June and the first part of July. What a great thing to prevent forest fires in our beetle kill decimated forests. What a wonderful thing to green up our normally brown vegetation. But of course that too comes with a price. The increased rain causes increased growth of forest plants that causes increased potential for a huge fire once the rain stops. Beware of what you ask for. I guess we could hope that it continues to rain until the snow comes. Sometimes that happens the end of August so we might not have to wait that long.

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