For the first time in quite a while, people grabbed umbrellas and windshield wipers, and barbecues took cover.
“The barbecue goes on no matter what,” says Dexter Conley. “The rain didn't put out the barbecue fire, but it did put out the forest fires. Thrilled to see it rain with the drought being the way it is.”
Fog replaced the smoke in the forests, but rangers don't expect it to last.
“We’ve been so long without rain, it won't have a chance to soak in deep,” says Conley.
Foresters found proof digging fire lines. Conley says, “The top would be wet and just a short distance under we were digging up dust.”
The rain was a much needed drink of water for flowers and plants, but agriculture agents – including Kendall Combs, Pike County Agriculture Agent – say...”The benefit of the rain is just not going to be enough to help them. We're gonna need a whole lot more rainfall to catch up. It's probably not going to happen.
But the little rain could turn the grass green again. “Every little bit counts,” says Combs…which is why no one at the barbecue complained it was raining.
“A barbecue is a good thing. It doesn't matter that it's raining. Anytime you can get a barbecue, it's a good day,” says Kevin Keathley…a good day agriculture experts want to see again.
“Just hope it rains a little bit more,” says Keathley.