O Rain, How We’ve Missed You

  • Parts of the Pine Mountain community measured .75 inch of rain in a30 minute storm. [Dionne Bolton photo]

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    Parts of the Pine Mountain community measured .75 inch of rain in a30 minute storm. [Dionne Bolton photo]

  • Rain and hail were welcomed in Pine Mountain on Sunday. [photo by Dionne Bolton]

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    Rain and hail were welcomed in Pine Mountain on Sunday. [photo by Dionne Bolton]

By Patric Hedlund

The spread of those brown, drought-stressed trees on our surrounding mountain slopes may have slowed just a little last weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday the week’s cloudy skies finally opened up to drop measurable traces of rain—varying greatly throughout the region.

The storm started during vote counting for new directors at the annual Pine Mountain Club members’ meeting on Saturday, July 19. People cheered and stampeded outside to stand in the rain.

In Frazier Park, sprinkles turned to a steady drizzle, scattering the crowd assembled for the Ridge Route Communities Museum’s annual picnic. Some ran for umbrellas. Others scrambled beneath the vintage Texaco gas station portico to huddle with the old-timey band—and the dessert table. Another group sheltered inside the Cuddy family homestead log cabin to finish their picnic.

Over in Frazier Mountain Park, Jessica Zuniga’s family and friends were having a pre-movie barbecue in advance of the planned Movies in the Park night. Supervisor David Couch drove up from…

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This is part of the July 25, 2014 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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