04 August 2010
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In the previous post Lisa commented about how dry it looks at our house. That is true. We are technically "high desert" & it is quite dry. When i was a kid, i assumed that "desert" was mostly like this image: largely flat, sand, dry. In college ecology, i learned that designations of different regions are based on annual rainfall.
We get quite a lot of snow, but we rarely if ever have significant rain in the summer, which makes it very dry. Also, humidity is quite low. On occasion the humidity will reach in 50-60% but that is uncommon. Usually our humidity is 10-15%. This makes us high desert.
Where i grew up in Montana was not quite the same. They get much more rainfall during the summers, but it also has the possibility of being very dry if it is a dry summer. Humidity there is similar to Big Bear. I'm coming to think that the greenness that is so common on the East Coast of this country is directly a result of the humidity which is responsible for all the green deciduous trees that populate that green land. On much of the West Coast, pine trees are the norm. Any deciduous trees we have are either scrub, or have adapted (aspen & cottonwood) or are ones that are watered by people. Much of the Western part of the country needs individual watering to keep it green.
Yes, it is dry where we live. But right now Sugarbear is looking quite green! We will never have grass/a lawn, however.
I can tell August has arrived. The lows at night, which never were over 52F for July, are back to the low to mid 40s again. The days are still warm - usually mid-70s, but it won't be long before it is cool. Summer is on its way out. We kept the duvet on the bed all summer, a light one. I usually didn't need it, but Duane likes to sleep very warm. I change the duvet covers for the season, think i have about 6 of them. It is time to change from the yellow-flowered summer one to a one that is rather more like fall. (Duane will be happy to see the flowers go. He's not fond of flowered stuff.) He will probably soon be asking for winter sheets again, too!
We still have about 6 weeks before the trees start to turn, too.