Dry gulch

Are you having an out-of-body experience lately with the weather forecasts? Almost every day we're told showers and thunderstorms are likely in the area. Friday night we got about 22 drops. Yesterday afternoon, maybe 15.

My colleague here at the paper, Tony Wood, is a learned student of weather. Despite my whining, he tells me June has not been an exceptionally dry month. It's been "slightly on the dry side," he says, with Philadelphia getting just 2.62 inches of rain in June, down .07 from the norm. May, on the other hand, was slightly damper than normal - 4.55 inches, a .66 increase.

No big deal, by the numbers. So how come my caryopteris looks so pathetic?