The Magic Of Monsoon Season



Ah, that first, long-awaited rainstorm of the season -- what a treat. The smell of dry earth welcoming precious moisture, the clean look of streets washed of dirt and ash. Even the rumble of thunder and flash of lightning is exciting -- as long as the rain comes with it.

There are five kinds of lightning; sheet, forked, streak (the kind we usually think of), heat (dry) and ball.A typical lightning strike can exceed 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit -- five times the temperature of the sun.


Roundup columnist Carol Zebb captured this bolt of lightning last week from her garage in the Northwoods subdivision in north Payson.

After the storm comes the rainbow. Are you a rainbow fancier? I am. Like Wordsworth, "My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky."

Sunlight traveling through falling raindrops forms rainbows. The drops separate sunlight into its component colors, creating the band of hues that so enchant us. A double rainbow is considered good luck. Red is always at the top of the inner arc of a double rainbow, blue at the bottom. The color sequence of the outer bow is reversed due to two internal reflections instead of one.

Do you think there are two pots of gold at the end of a double rainbow?

Payson Senior Center

Need some help with that pesky computer? Paul Andrews conducts a free computer class at 10 a.m. every Monday, upstairs of the Senior Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St.

Wednesday, July 21, is the monthly birthday celebration for members with July birthdays. It will be held at noon in the Center Dining Rom. Chicken breast parmesan, salad, garlic bread, Italian green beans and cake are on the birthday menu. Put your name in the birthday barrel if you have a July birthday, to be eligible for the drawing.

The movie "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" will be shown at 9:30 a.m. July 23 in the dining room. There is no charge and light refreshments are served.

Senior Circle Association

Here's an offer you can't refuse. If you volunteer a minimum of 40 hours a year, you will receive one year's free membership to the Senior Circle. You will then be eligible for all member benefits. A volunteer training session, newly revised by Community Health Systems to be more detail oriented, will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Aug. 13. Registration is now open for the session and can be made by calling (928) 468-1012.

In conjunction with United Blood Services, the Senior Circle is sponsoring a blood drive from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27 at PRMC. In addition to donors giving blood, volunteers are needed to assist with the event. All participants will receive a meal voucher for a free meal at the hospital cafeteria. To register, or for information on the new rules for donors, call Cory at (928) 468-1012 or (928) 472-1275.

Donations are now being accepted for Senior Circle's annual rummage and bake sale to be held Aug. 27 and 28. Items must be in good, clean condition.

Volunteers also are needed to make baked goods and to sort and price merchandise. Carolyn Scott is heading up the sale committee and can be reached at (928) 474-8076.

Around the Rim

Maybe it's the hot weather, but I'm feeling grumpy lately. Among the things that really irritate me are the crosses on the hill at the corner of Rumsey Drive and the Beeline. I know they were put up at Memorial Day to honor those who lost their lives in service to their country. I accepted that they were left there over D-Day, when so many American servicemen died. But, almost a month and a half later, they're looking pretty bedraggled. Worse, the flags that have sprouted amongst the crosses are drooping, and in some cases hanging to the ground, while the artificial flower arrangements are hopelessly gaudy. Looks like a neglected Boot Hill.

Another thorn in my side is the huge dead Ponderosa pine at the corner of Highway 260 and the Beeline, in front of McDonald's. What kind of image does that present to visitors? "Come Up to the Cool Pines of Payson" -- and most visible one is a skeleton.

Lest the above leads you to think I'm a grouchy old lady, I'll close with a compliment.

The display window of Time Out Thrift Store at Beeline and Wade is stunning. The color-coordinated garments are certainly eye catching. I particularly liked the red, white and blue, Fourth of July display.

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