Well, the worrying begins again for another year. Our stretch of heat we have had, which <a href="http://wulfgar.typepad.com/a_chicken_is_not_pillage/2004/07/im_a_pod_person.html">some</a> perversely like, but many (<a href="http://www.sbpoet.com/2004/07/pod_people.html">here</a>, <a href="http://duck.hekhet.net/index.php?p=268">here</a>, <a href="http://www.davidmsc.com/archives/001615.shtml">here</a>, <a href="http://www.para-bellum.net/archives/000199.html">here</a>) rightly find it oppressing, has lead to one of those reasons I hate hot weather.<br />n<br />nNATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BILLINGS MT<br />n220 PM MDT SUN JUL 18 2004<br />n<br />n…FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 12 PM MONDAY TO 6 AM MDT TUESDAY<br />nFOR PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL MONTANA…ALL OF SOUTHEAST MONTANA…AND NORTHWEST SOUTH DAKOTA…<br />n<br />nand<br />n<br />nTHIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND<br />nSOUTHEAST MONTANA.<br />n<br />n.DAY ONE…<br />n<br />nNO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.<br />n<br />n.DAY TWO THROUGH SEVEN…<br />n<br />nTHUNDERSTORM INTENSITY WILL INCREASE ACROSS THE AREA AHEAD OF<br />nA COLD FRONT TOMORROW AFTERNOON. VERY WARM TEMPERATURES THE PAST<br />nSEVERAL DAYS HAS ALLOWED FOR INCREASING FIRE DANGERS.<br />n<br />nI won't bore you with all the details of the forecast, but fire season is here which gives me another something to worry about. After last years devastaing 30,000+ acre burn in my area, I have a new respect for this summerly menace we face in Montana. The only positive I can see this year is the grass is so short that it will be very hard to burn in it very fast which should make a fire a little easier to control.<br />n<br />nThe downside is my Darling Wife will get very upset with me. Her opinion is that every time some clouds start to build I start keeping my eye on them and the weather to the exclusion of a lot of other things. She always tells me I obsess about the situation. I think obsess is a little strong word for it. A better description would be to pay very, very close attention to the situation. Hopefully I will get to worry for no reason this time.<br />n<br />n<b>Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due. W.R. (William Ralph) Inge</b>