That's how much rain we got last night in about ten minutes. Welcome though the long-awaited rainfall was the fierce thunder/lightning storm did some damage.
Yep, our lovely stand of corn got pushed over by the strong winds coming directly out of the west. Because we had the corn patch surrounded by the cattle panel "cage" none of the stalks hit the ground, but the west half smooshed over onto the east half which stayed standing by leaning against the firmly anchored cattle panel.
I had to go out today and stake up a dozen or so of our sunflowers that were left leaning at about a 45° angle. None of them snapped off so they should be alright.
The rain came down in such a torrent that we lost some nice black soil which washed off the blueberry patch and into the grass. I usually mulch the whole patch but didn't this year. If I had, there would have been no erosion.
It seems our alternative energy solar system may have been zapped by lightning. During the rapidly passing storm, we lost power and haven't been able to get it back yet today. (We still have the option of running on grid power in a situation like this.) Papa Pea has done everything he knows to do trying to track down the problem, and we have an e-mail explaining the problem to our alternative energy guru but have not heard back from him yet.
After having a few days when the temperature was almost tolerable, today finds us back into the (nearly) intolerable temps. Add to that, there's been a stiff breeze blowing all day (a hot, hot breeze, not cooling in any way) and both of us find that being outside in a wind takes the stuffin's right out of ya. After I came in today from staking up the sunflowers and checking a few other things, I felt slightly sick and it was a while before I felt good again.
Oops, wouldn't ya know it. I just looked out the window and see another sunflower that has taken a nose dive. I'd better go out and stake it up before I forget about it.
We're thankful for the rainfall that came with the storm though. Now if Mother Nature would just get back on a schedule of giving us some soothing rains on a regular basis . . . and nix on the wind, please. And lightning.