Hurting on the Mainland

As the rain pours down all day (Tuesday), we have several reasons to be thankful for the drenching:

* We can continue to leave the sprinklers off for our lawn as they have been for the past two weeks (at Maui County’s current water rate, we calculated this will save us roughly between $35 and $4,000 – math is not our subject).

* The nice steady rains push the spectre of drought here further away – it would be nice though to have those reservoirs that a former mayor envisioned building to capture the runoff.

* It is wet rain – not the snow and ice that continue to bedevil Mainlanders from Texas to Maine. We are free and clear of any effects of a “polar vortex.”

We may still be a bit cool from that “all-time low” of 55 degrees at Kahului Airport last Thursday, but we are not facing the bone-chilling bite of International Falls, Minn. The actual temperature there (not wind chill) reached -36 degrees earlier this week.

As this is written, it has warmed up to a relatively balmy -8 in the city that served as the prototype for Frostbite Falls in the old “Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.”

Then, there are the poor folks in California who are facing a drought – and resulting wildfires – not seen in decades. This month, firefighters have fought blazes from as far north as Humboldt County to as far south as Los Angeles County.

California and the West need the precipitation that is driving the storms in the Midwest and the Northeast.

Normally, this is the time of year we write smug little tidbits about “lucky we live Hawaii.” But this year our brothers and sisters on the Mainland are really hurting.

Perhaps a little prayer for drought relief in the West and a more normal winter in the Heartland and the Northeast is more appropriate this year.

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