How exciting to have a hurricane named after you. Then you start to think if this thing gets massive and starts doing all kinds of damage or worse people die, not so cool. I was following along on Twitter and keeping an eye on it because the last thing I want is to get slammed with a hurricane regardless of the name. When it looked like it would miss us completely I think we all breathed a sigh of relief. Of course some of you reading this have homes in Florida or have friends and family on the east coast where this may be an issue so it is still very stressful when major weather events happen. I hope Matthew peters out before any more devastation occurs. It was fun when it was simply spinning away in the middle of the ocean and now it is time to return there. Here are a few of the posts from Twitter that I found interesting:
Well Hermine came and went. Lots of hype but we fared well. A lot of sticks and twigs but no major damage. We also received .68" of much needed rain. The course took the rain well and we were open for business. A few hearty souls took advantage before the full brunt of the storm came. The Labor Day Scramble was moved to the following Saturday so we delayed our greens aerification to Monday the 12th. The scramble was well attended and remains a popular event. The weather looks good for tomorrow when we will attempt to aerify and topdress greens, collars and maybe even approaches. There will be temporary greens all day. Thank-you for your cooperation.
|some of the Hydrangea think it is still June|
The last 24 hours finally felt as if we have made a turn in the weather. It has been one heck of a hot and dry summer. The showers yesterday were just perfect as soft gentle rain. We received .18" over a few hours. 5 more days of that and we will be in business. Add to that the nice cool temperatures of 64 this morning and we have ourselves some happy cool season turf. Sadly we cannot always get precipitation when and how we want it and the forecast for the weekend does not look great. I guess our streak of perfect golf weather may be over. If all we end up with during this hurricane season is rain I for one will be pleased. Wind an all that comes with it is never any fun. Besides who could hate a storm named Hermine? She was one of my favorite Harry Potter characters.
|photo from Facebook|
|1st green Thursday afternoon|
|Interesting colored dragonfly|
|Salt damage on vegetation|
The one good thing about heavy rains is the flushing aspect. The salt levels in our irrigation well have been very high lately as evidenced by the damage to the trees (see picture above). It builds up in the soils and wreaks havoc on grass roots as well. Hopefully any rain will help flush some of those salts away and we can begin our road to recovery in the areas most affected by the drought.
|sunrise 1st Green|