“Rain rain go away,
Come again another day.”
This summer has seen above-normal rainfall in Northeast Tennessee. These rainy days have made this a busy time for lawn care companies and others who mow grass.
Heavy rains have produced wet basements, created soggy gardens and have nurtured fast-growing vines and weeds. They have also created headaches for picnickers, hikers and boaters.
Earlier this month, Press staff writer Jennifer Sprouse reported the region recorded record rainfall totals in June and July — two months that are usually the busiest on local lakes. Sprouse spoke to boater Sam Till recently, who said he was just happy that day to see a little sunshine on the lake.
“We’ve had quite a bit of rain, but other than that we’ve tried to get out anytime the sun’s shining,” Till said. “It’s been pretty calm lately. Last year, I’d say there were a lot more people out with the 100-degree temperatures. This year seems to be a little slower, less boats out. We usually spend most of the day out, hang out, go anchor in a cove and just enjoy ourselves.”
The mosquitoes love this weather, and so do gnats and some snakes. Heavy rains and floodwaters have made life hard for farmers and have caused the prices for fruits and vegetables to rise.
And Press sports writer Joe Avento reports the wet weather has also created headaches at Appalachian League stadiums this summer. Avento recently wrote, “calls to the grounds crew have been about as common as calls to the bullpen” as teams try to cope with the rain.
“One of our players said in the 31 days he’d been here, it had rained 27 days,” Elizabethton Twins general manager Mike Mains told Avento last week. “He said, ‘What’s going on?’ We’ve been lucky that we’ve been able to play.”
We want to hear from you. How has this wet summer impacted your life?
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