The summer has certainly been different from our last few summers. The weather is actually more like it used to be about a decade ago, when it seemed like we had a thundershower every day. Although, back then, I don’t recall having so much cloudy weather. The good news is that I’ve hardly needed my new rain collection system. It has been nice having an outdoor shower supplied by rainwater, for rinsing off and cooling down after mowing the grass or working in the yard. I haven’t needed to water the plants, and we’ve been getting enough rain to keep the tank topped off. I don’t need to pipe the overflow anywhere, because both of the ponds are also full. It’s been a long time since the big pond has been full (except immediately after a tropical storm). The frogs are very happy.
The photo on the left is of my back yard pond last August (before hurricane Irene blew through). The photo on the right is a recent photo of the pond, which has been filled by normal rainfall, which means the groundwater table has also been replenished, at least to some extent.
The other good news is that I haven’t had to worry about my solar water heater running in overdrive. We’ve had just enough sun to meet 100% of my hot water needs, but I seldom have to worry about the water getting so hot that the system has to shut off (185 degrees F).