Thursday, February 24, 2005

Moonlight in Lawson Valley

I got up at about 3:30 am, woken by bright light in my eyes. Looking outside, the light was bright enough for me to see some color in the back yard, from a big, beautiful full moon and skies clear from horizon-to-horizon. The uninhabited hill behind our house had a bright spot near its peak, almost as if someone was up there with a work light. Took me a minute (this was before coffee, mind you), but I figured it out: the exposed rocks are covered with a film of water, and the moonlight was reflecting from that. That film of water could only be coming from a spring, and there's not much of the hill that's higher than those rocks — an indication of just how much rain we've absorbed around here in the past few weeks.

And speaking of rain...the grand total for the year-to-date now stands at 12.95 inches. The National Weather Service is forecasting a "chance of rain" for Monday through Wednesday of next week, but the next few days look like we're going to have nice weather. It will be very nice to see the sun for a few days...

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