In my 20-plus years living on the High Plains of Texas, weather-related conversations usually have fallen into several discussion topics.
They go something like this:
* Boy, how about that wind? You’d better hold on to your hat today.
* Hey, is it hot enough for ya? When’s it going to cool off around here?
* I had to dig my car out of the snow this morning on the way to work. When will it ever stop snowing? When will it warm up around here?
Rarely have I had to talk about rain. Copious amounts of it, to boot. Then again, my wife and I are still fairly new to the area. Long-timers around here have talked about the flooding of the late 1970s. Or they’ll mention the storm-drain lakes built to catch all the water.
The talk all over town — indeed, all across Texas — has been about the rain.
We’ve gone a long time around here without rain being atop our minds’ awareness.
As I scan my assorted news sources this morning, I see that as wet as we’ve been in Amarillo and the Panhandle the past few days, we’re still relatively desert-like compared to places like San Marcos and Wimberley in Central Texas. The Riverwalk in San Antonio has spilled over. Our old haunts in the Golden Triangle, as well as in Houston, well … they’ve been wetter than usual — and that’s really saying something for that part of the state. Dallas-Fort Worth also is soggy beyond belief
My wife and I are hoping to take our fifth wheel out over Father’s Day weekend. Our plan is — or at least was — to go to Eisenhower State Park in Denison, on the Oklahoma border. We called to make our reservation. “Sorry sir,” the young lady said. “We aren’t taking reservations right now. Too much water. The lake is overflowing. Roads are closed. Try again closer to the date when you want to come here … and we’ll see.”
Hey, I know you can’t control the Almighty — which is why we call him “Almighty.”
I’m going to hope for the best. The rain is surely welcome. The playas are full. The rivers are rushing. Lake Meredith, just north of us in Hutchinson County, is going to get a lot of in-flow from its watershed for the next several days as the water continues to drain from Amarillo and other locales.
Perhaps, though, I’ll just ask that it more or less evens out. In fact, I think I might say a little prayer to that effect.
Why not? Someone — such as the Almighty himself — already has answered our prayers for rain.