I just read that crime writer Ann Rule died today. Her spell-binding tale of serial killer Ted Bundy —The Stranger Beside Me— was the first and still the best of many true-crime books I’ve read. She was a talented author is a challenging genre.
Who would have thought? After ten weeks of drought we get several rain showers including a huge downpour late this afternoon that brought the total for the day to.90 inches… a record for July.
We got some rain Friday night and throughout the day on and off on Saturday. Then a good drenching overnight into Sunday with more recorded rainfall (~.38 inches) than in the previous twelve weeks combined.
The National Weather Service-Seattle reported a high of 95 degrees today, tying the day’s record. I see that it was 91 in Miami, FL. So far the average high in July is 72.5 degrees, three degrees more than the July record set in 1941. I notice, too, that we’ve had 0.2 inches of rain since May 15, and 0.18 of that fell in one day. Here’s what an unwatered section of our yard looks like:
At least with the crumby air quality we get some nice sunsets:
We tied a Seattle heat-wave record today with 15 consecutive days with a daily high temperature in the 80s; and, five of those days in the 90s. Average highs for those two weeks were thirteen degrees above average. This follows the warmest, driest June ever. High temps were 73 or more all but three days in June and the only rainfall was the piddling 0.18 on June 1st. Last year it only got above 73 five times in June and we had rain on nine days.
It seems as though on every Bandon trip I end up playing the Old Macdonald and Trails courses on the same day. It’s a pretty demanding effort: Old Mac is just so expansive with long holes and distances between the tee boxes while trails is the hilliest of the Bandon Dunes tracks. Curiously, Old Mac has become my favorite course here in spite of its difficulty and unique truly links layout. I had my best round ever at Old Mac this morning with an 86. And I was holding my own on Trails –my nemesis course here– until I just wore out and carded triple bogeys on 16 and 18 for a final score of 94.