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There’s a silver lining in those thunder clouds
July 13, 2017

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Like anything in life, our feelings on the extra wet weather this spring and summer can always be put into perspective.

With all the rain, locals are getting batty. This is the time we look forward to most of the winter. Sunshine is what we need.

Yet there's always a silver lining, and things can always be worse. Here are some positives with the extra rain.

-Berries will be plentiful, and hopefully that translates into fewer black bears raiding our camps, garbages and backcountry tents. Bear problems usually arise in drier summers, but that doesn't mean they won't be looking for food in your backyard. Keep vigilant.

-With higher water, there will be fewer boats bottoming out on rocks in the lakes and rivers.

-We don't have to mow our lawns as much when it's raining a lot. On the flip side, we have to carefully plan our mowing days; when there is a hint of dry weather, it seems like all the mowers in the neighborhood fire up at once.

-We don't have to water our plants and lawns - or fill the bird baths - as much, saving time.

-There is no drought. Many parts of the U.S. continue to experience drought situations, and we can be thankful that is not happening here.

-Forest fire danger is low. That doesn't mean it can't happen. We must still be careful in the woods and on our properties.

-We don't have to wash our cars as much.

-Instead of telling kids, "Go play in traffic," we can tell them, "Go play in a puddle." It's much safer.

-It's easier to find night crawlers for fishing.

-At least it ain't snowing.

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