When the clouds tried to start breaking up yesterday, sunlight came through an opening above a farm northwest of Summerfield, Ill., as if gracing the farmer with a sign that it's time to plant, although I'm sure he or she already knows that. However, some fields in our area here just east of St. Louis, Mo., are flooded after a series of three storms moved through this past week. Meteorologists said the storms produced more than five inches of rain in some areas, and a tornado ripped through a portion of suburban St. Louis. The Silver Creek bottomlands east of my hometown of Lebanon, Ill., are flooded now, restoring water to marshes and local wetlands that were dry, bringing relief to fisheries and waterfowl habitat.
T.E. Griggs is a writer, editor and photographer and a retired U.S. Marine.