News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 1, 2012

RONN MOTT: The dryness of it all

Ronn Mott
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — I didn’t think I would say this for the remainder of this scorching summer, but it looks like I’m going to have to mow the yard. For most of this year, spring into summer, my yard looks like it was a bad experiment in the Senora Desert of the American Southwest. When you walked across it, it would snap, crackle, and pop, all summer long.

I hadn’t attempted to water my yard because I had the feeling that given the right amount of moisture it would return to something like normal. My yard has received only two decent rains since the beginning of June, but after just that small amount of moisture, I have begun to see green shoots of grass. And I noticed the new grass is thicker in the shade. So much for Old Sol.

Not that my yard is much different than what’s around me because I also noticed this appears to be the truth in the well-looked-after Collett Park across the street from me. Some of their bushes have died, or appear to have died, but I’m sure these things will come back.

I guess a yard that dries up and goes into a dusty sleep for a drought-like summer is showing return to something of the norm when the green grass pokes its head up just after two short rains. I’ll have to call my good friend, Brian Miller, and let him know there is going to be at least one cut, or two, during this ugly summer for growing.

It’s a little scary … the nice summers of moderate warmth and moderate wetness may all be a thing of the past. Those who are the experts are saying harsh drought, extremely bad storms, and extreme heat may be what we can expect in our future. Does it?   



Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on Tribstar.com, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.