Henry Vilas wrote:Unfortunately it came down so quickly and heavily that a lot of it didn't sink into the ground and ran off instead.
You can always count on good Ol Henry to find the dark lining in every silver cloud.
Actually, Henry's right. What the farmers said they needed was two to three inches of soft, sustained rain so that it had a chance to soak into the parched soil, which has a hard crust on it. Of course, that was three weeks ago and the crops are mostly ruined now, so I'm not sure that it matters.
The next time you're driving past a cornfield, look at the ears. They're little thin stalks and they've already tasseled, meaning they're ready to be picked. Except there's no corn on them, only cob. And to add insult to injury, farmers are going to have to spend money to harvest the cornfield even though there's no corn.