Sunday, August 1, 2010

Rain gauge dusty.

During the month of July, the total amount of precipitation measured at Vancouver Airport was 0.6mm, which resulted from two long-forgotten events, on the 1st and 3rd days of the month. The average total for July is 39 mm, which isn't a heck of a lot, but still is significant. So now we are at 4 weeks without rain, with no end to the dry spell in sight.

For the third time in seven years, the trails in several wooded parks have been closed. A single cigarette could make many acres go "woof." Also closed is the Shell Road bike trail, which I think may be a bit much. The surfaces are compacted gravel rather than bark mulch, and cyclists tend not to smoke, at least while they're biking. Well, that's not entirely true. There's Puff-Puff, an old guy I regularly see, always with a smoke hanging from his lip as he pedals along at about half a mile an hour. I've only seen him on suburban streets, not on the trail , but perhaps he rides there too.

In any case, as you can see from the photo above, our city is rife with scofflaws. More of a guideline than a rule, ya know.

6 comments:

Cicero Sings said...

It's scary dry here! Gone our clear blue skies -- now all filled with smoke. I hope we don't go up in smoke.

Hugh said...

Keep safe, CS. Would send clear coastal air were it possible.

Sally said...

How interesting, Hugh! Our trails are closed when it's muddy, apparently an equally rare condition here...

meemsnyc said...

We have hardly had any rain lately too. Check out our grass! Hope you get rain soon to kill the dry spell!
http://nycgardening.blogspot.com/2010/07/dear-rain.html

randomtruth said...

Wow - you Canadians are , uh, cautious. If we followed your lead, we'd have to close all of California every summer...

Hugh said...

Sally, If our trails were closed when it was muddy, we wouldn't have trails, ever.

meemsnyc, that is a badge of honor brown lawn. Here, if your lawn isn't brown by August, it means you've probably been breaking water use rules. (Scofflaws, again.)

Ken, That might not be a bad idea. Parts of it seem to be quite flammable.