To last week’s description of those hazy, lazy, crazy days of Summer can also be added hot and muggy, as the temperature soared into the upper 90’s with a humidity percentage to match. It was bound to come along if we waited long enough, but Winter’s “Wind Chill Index” now has a corresponding “Heat Index” for use in the Summer. If you weren’t already uncomfortable enough just looking at the thermometer, the Heat Index combines the actual air temperature and the actual relative humidity reading to let a person know that it “feels” hotter than it really is, just as Winter’s Wind Chill “feels” colder than it really is. Last Friday, July 22, the Heat Index was up to 108 degrees, and flirting with 110. There’s no need to worry though, as 6 months from now the Wind Chill will be 30 degrees below Zero, and when 110 above is averaged with 30 below Zero the average is 40 degrees above, not great, but tolerable on a sunny day. Remember to think about that when you are facing that northwest wind on January 29, 2017. If you spend the winter in Arizona, just disregard the above, as the Arizona Tourism Bureau tells us that the heat in the Sunshine State is a “dry heat” that never gets uncomfortable, even when the doorknob is so hot that it blisters your hand. And, you are permitted to wear a parka and complain about the cold when the temperature drops below 60 degrees above, too. Well, we all have our burdens to bear.
The thunderstorm that rumbled and rattled across Sargent County just after Midnight and into the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 28, presented Rutland with .53 of an inch of rain, according to Paul Anderson’s electronic precipitation measuring device at 309 Gay Street. Silver Lake Park Manager Dennis Goltz reports that the rain gauge at his Weber Township farmstead showed an even inch of rain on Wednesday morning. The corn has tasseled, the beans are growing and the wheat harvest is beginning to wind down, so the rain was most welcome.
The Rutland community has another new citizen, descended from a long line of Rutland community pioneers. Silvan Stephan Carlson was born to Bryce and Casie Carlson at 1:52 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016 at a Fargo hospital. He tipped the scales at 8 pounds 8 ounces and stood 22 inches tall in his bare feet on arrival. His ancestry is rooted in the Carlson, Jacobson, Colby, Stenvold, Hawkenson, Westra, Vold and Larson clans, so he is bound to become a man to reckon with. Silvan joins his older brother, Corbin, in the Carlsons’ farm home just 1 mile east of Rutland’s Main Street. Welcome to Rutland, Silvan. You’re just in time for the 8th Annual Rutland Rib Fest that’s coming up on Saturday, August 13! Read More