Last week a three day rain seemed unlikely but showers began Thursday evening and by Sunday the clouds were still producing with more moisture expected before the sky clears. Byron Vogstad reports that as much as two and a half inches had fallen in the East Coulee area while a bit further west the gauges were filled to about the two inch mark by Sunday evening. The rain was accompanied by a strong wind at times but in periods of calm the sound of farmers giggling could be heard over the moaning of Victoria Day campers.
The first long weekend of the summer is often a challenging one for both the tourists and the campground operators and, in what is not an unfamiliar pattern, the rain came down as the fuel prices went up. Dave and Christine Pinter operate a campground in Rosedale and Christine reports that the cool weather did have an effect on attendance but stated that even with the rain their campground was about half full.
If the forecast is accurate it should be sunny and warm on Wednesday, allowing for a good turn out for a community grass cutting to take place at the church, hall, fire hall and park. Volunteers may begin any time after supper but, as always, those who wish to help may do so at any time which is convenient.
On Friday, May 20, Wheatland County downgraded the fire ban from “extreme” to the “advisory” level but that still does not allow for fire permits to be issued. It is unfortunate that when conditions are so good for conducting