I’ve been thinking of starting a nice and easy thread about my adventures with Maddy.
Moments in the life of and all that.
Topic of the moment would be the anemic monsoons, lots of drama wind and lightening, jealously watching the cloud bursts all around, but not here. We’ve only had two good down pours back around June 26th. Since then, clouds and weather, but not enough moisture to do anything. That’s not true, our wonderful little river got a few extra weeks worth of water, it was wonderful. Not enough though, I’ll be surprised if there’s water running August 1.
We’re at 7,500ish feet so decades back we received regular storms due to the uplift of moisture bands heading towards the high country and huge snow falls at Wolf Creek Pass, head waters Rio Grande River - and get backed up and dump on us. Or the moisture and storms would come from the mountains and evaporating moisture, back when year around snow fields and lakes still abounded.
Now the physical dynamic still happens, but the seasonal moisture isn’t enough to trigger the traditional cycle of region wide, and localized afternoon down pours. Weird to think 25-30 years ago I was among the last generation of ranch workers (fence building, walking irrigation ditches, bailing & stacking hay, ironically within a couple miles of where I live now) to experience those splendid centuries old cycles.
Now days I’m strapped in watching the slow drying. It’s a bit spooky so it’s nice to have Maddy to distract. And absolutely gorgeous down by the river, while the water runs, it’s like everything is okay with the world. When it dries, the future is here, and it’s increasingly oppressive.
But enough of that, the water is still running today.
Which brings me around to why I’m starting this. Maddy and electromagnetic impulse (lightening).
Maddy does not like guns firing, she does not like thunder and gets all sorts of squirrelly and timid and gets busy shoving her self into tiny space, she loves the neighbor’s where there’s a real closet she can hid in, and has indeed staked out her spot over there.
So I can get the thunder. But, I notice that she also suddenly cringes before the thunder arrives. With the years I’ve gotten to where I’m paying attention for the thunder claps, when she’s particularly on edge and weather is wild. On occasions it sure seems to me she’s been indoors away from window, and see her jump simultaneously with some distant lightening flash way off in the distance.
It happened again a few days back as a beauty of a cloud burst danced its way around us with lots of sturm und drang and mighty few actual rain drops.
I don’t know if I’m convinced, but it sure seems like she can sense the Electromagnetic pulse of lightning and it gives her a scare, then comes the thunder for another kick in da…
(fortunately no direct hits yet. )
I tried doing a little googling on the subject and found very little, once the irrelevant click bait articles were dispensed with.
Anyone out there know anything about the topic?
Can dogs or other mammals sense electromagnetic pulses?