If it rains any more today, we'll probably have over 10 inches for the month. We usually average about 3 inches in June. The rainfall this month (in some sense) has made up the entire deficit we've had all year.
I started wondering about any leftover deficits from previous years. I had this impression we've been running behind for a while. In a way, it doesn't matter after a period of time, much as 10 inches in a month doesn't replace steady rainfall on (say) a month-to-month basis. Anyway, from the Weather Underground:
I used Tabblo to make a montage of some of my pictures from the trip to Chicago. I'm not totally happy with it yet, and it took me hours (part learning, part working), but it's ok. I intend to do more formatting later. You can click on the pictures to see and get larger versions.
I never saw Action when it aired -- a lot of people didn't, as it only lasted one season. A few years ago, I saw a couple episodes a friend had taped, but one couldn't buy copies of the show. Now Action is out on DVD. I've watched the first 8 or 9 of the 13 episodes, and it's a hoot. I can't believe this show even made it on the air at all.
Summer starts today: the solstice was at approximately 12:30 GMT, which is 8:30 am EDT. The day is occasionally called Midsummer's Day: an older tradition, where the seasons started on what are now called cross-quarter days, or the midpoints between the solstices and equinoxes. Today is the longest day -- the most time the sun spends above the horizon. However, since we keep time by clocks and not the sun, and because the Earth's orbit is not round, today is neither the northern hemisphere's earliest sunrise nor latest sunset (14 and 27 June, respectively, for most people north of the equator). The discrepancy would disappear we measured noon by where the sun is in the sky. My new background color is probably too bright, but the summers in N.C. are probably too hot. :)
I've been in the Hyde Park area of Chicago since leaving Ann Arbor. It's great here. I could see myself living here were it not for the winters and the lack of friends. And Harold's Chicken Shack almost makes it worth moving here all by itself. But I'm leaving Wednesday.