It’s become sort of a joke around here, the way They declare a drought warning if we go four days without rain. Especially in the summer. Silly, no?
But maybe not as silly as it looks. A large swath of South Jersey is taken up by the Pine Barrens, stunted forests of waist-high pine trees growing out of pure sand. The Pineys are prone to forest fires (I think that’s one reason the trees are so short) – probably because it takes water no time at all to percolate down through the sand out of reach, and then you’re left with a lot of dry midget trees dripping flammable resin. Wannabe torches.
Huh. Maybe four dry days really is all it takes to start a drought.
Nothing’s ever simple.