Longbranch Feels the Fury of Fall, Bids Summer a Fond Farewell

A sloop that broke off its anchor on Henderson Bay during the weekend's windstorm sits on the beach on the Purdy spit Tuesday morning.
A sloop that broke off its anchor on Henderson Bay during the weekend’s windstorm sits on the beach on the Purdy spit Tuesday morning.
Beads of rain form on a budding bloom in Longbranch after a sprinkling of summer rain Aug. 29 (Saturday).
Beads of rain form on a budding bloom in Longbranch after a sprinkling of summer rain Aug. 29 (Saturday).

Fall came with a fury mostly found in the depth of winter.

After a record-setting summer — for most consecutive days of 80-degree temperatures, which coincidentally is also the average temperature — we closed the season with a killer windstorm. The weather geeks are calling for more rain through the weekend with a brief respite possibly tomorrow.

Many did love the initial summer showers.

Never thought I would love the rain as much as today,” Melissa Boardman wrote on Facebook Aug. 29 (Saturday).

It was a soft sprinkling that teased our senses to conjure up feelings of comfort and a hot bowl of mom’s beef stew.

Yes it does smell of earth and cedar this morning. Wonderful,” Barbara Rowland responded in the thread.

Apparently that scent has a name: petrichor.

According to oxforddictionaries.com, it means “a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.”

Patty Kennedy pointed this out in her comment on the social media post after finding an article in LiveScience.com about the sweet smell of summer rain.

Now we know.

Good morning Longbranch.

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