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Empire Editorial: Welcome back, rain

Posted: August 17, 2013 - 8:35pm  |  Updated: August 18, 2013 - 12:10am
  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire Archives
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire Archives

A sure sign of a Juneau summer is the trail of a slug heading over rain-slicked pavement for a nearby zucchini plant, or windshield wipers keeping rhythm as one drives toward a favorite fishing spot.

Xtratufs outnumber flip-flops during the usual summer, and trips to the beach with the kids and/or dog are not dependent on the weather.

This summer has been unusually sunny, and what a glorious summer to remember. A lot of tourists probably had no idea that those blue skies were often a surprise to locals.

Extra time to hike, watch our garden plants soak up the light and enjoy actual summer sunsets late at night were a nice break from the past two years of pretty much steady drizzle.

But we should also remember that, in our rainforest climate, too much dry is a bad thing.

A community dependent on hydropower cries out for full lakes. And if you’re like many, you have more rain gear than sun gear anyway.

Those who love Juneau’s majestic mountains and abundance of wildlife will take whatever the natural world throws our way. We’re happy for the break, but are equally happy to see the low clouds again capping Douglas Island, fingers of fog gliding across its steep, forested slopes.

Wet, dry, it’s still summer in Juneau.

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