As expected, we got more rain but I have to admit it was more general rainfall than I anticipated…that is if you lived in Louisville. Counties along the river were mainly cloudy and rainy for much of the day while other areas just had some passing showers. This weekend though, everyone got some rain. Not enough to bust the drought mind you, but perhaps enough to hold off the severe drought conditions that have been creeping across the state. The rain in general has been of the soaking variety, though some areas from time to time got some brief gully washers. Monday we should see more scattered activity and perhaps some isolated stuff on Tuesday as the low responsible for it all fades away….its sticking around about 36 hours longer than I anticipated and my hydrangea is quite pleased with that prospect. Next chance for rain shows up on Thursday with a fairly significant front.
On This Date In History: In July of 1947, the United States Air Force first reported that personnel had found parts of a flying disc near Roswell, NM. A furor of space invasion fever took ahold of America. So the USAF changed their story to say….uh….its a weather balloon. How one can confuse a disc with a balloon is not clear. But, it was their story and they stuck to it….after they didn’t stick with the first story. Many didn’t believe them. So fifty years later, on this date in 1997, they tried to explain it again. I don’t think too many people still believe them and certainly not those who have made a small cottage business out of the tale. If the story would go away, who would go to the Space Aliens diner or buy all of those space alien t’shirts?
On this date in 1969, the day after the Cuyohoga River burned in Cleveland, the US was without a Chief Justice. Earl Warren resigned his position. He is well remembered for his commission investigating the JFK assasination. His conclusion left almost as many people in disbelief as did the Roswell incident, giving rise to cottage industries invoking the name of conspiracy. He had been a Republican governor of California who was appointed Chief Justice by President Eisenhower. But, he ended up not being the type of justice Eisenhower had thought, leaving Ike to exclaim that it was “the biggest damned-fool mistake I ever made.”
One thing about Warren that many popular culture sources do not reveal is that while Warren was Governor of California during WWII, he had strongly advised President Roosevelt to pursue the course of internment of Japanese Americans. Thats why its always good to check multiple sources or read several books on a particular topic as there are some authors who only want you to know what they want you to know. Some call it lies by omission.