The Long Dry Spell
2015 was one of the driest years in history. It was hot, and it didn’t rain nearly enough.
One year like this and the whole climate is thrown off.
There’s a strange negative feedback loop that happens during drought, too: the heat and dry come together to make the soil much more dense. The water inside evaporates, and the tiny little air pockets in the dirt become smaller and smaller.
When it finally rains again, less water penetrates the dirt. Most of it just becomes runoff, lost to the nearest body of water. The water table under the ground doesn’t get the replenishment it needs.
We humans are a bit like that, too. A long enough dry spell doesn’t just throw us off of our game, it makes us much worse at it when we finally return.
Last year I began a streak of daily blog posts, and it went for about 220 days.
Then the long dry spell began. As I return today, I’m confronted with the same post-drought reality.
But the only way to break the dry spell is to get wet in the rain.