I guess technically we are still in the dog days of summer but you certainly wouldn’t know it. My dog would usually be snuggled in the deep shade but she is still enjoying lying on the deck in the mid-afternoon sunshine. Maybe we could call it the “puppy days of summer”? Certainly most of the country is in the midst of hot and sultry days. It was too cloudy in most areas late Friday night for even a chance of viewing the northern lights — the best chance would have been in the Puget Sound region. I am still waiting for the first chorus of the crickets that usually appear this time of the year; perhaps they too may be a bit delayed as was our summer weather.And speaking about that, more morning clouds and afternoon sunshine with highs of 75-85 for the next week, depending on the intrusion of marine air. And so it goes. Summer is here and no rain in sight, keep the sprinkler going and if you are still looking for that first 90-degree day — well, keep on looking.July rainfallNormally I wouldn’t even mention local rainfall reports for July, but I will share a few just so you can see how much moisture fell on your yard and gardens last month. Usually to keep the grass green they say you want one inch of water per week as measured in a tuna can.Okay here we go: I measured 1.90 inches here in the Salmon Creek area; Judy Darke, Felida, 0.98 of an inch; Gary Collins, Brush Prairie; 1.29 inches; Irv St. Germain, S.W. Prune Hill, 1.14 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 1.50 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lakeshore, 1.28 inches; Phil Delany, above Dole Valley, 1.80 inches; Bill Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 1.33 inches; Bud Maddux, Home Valley, 0.56 of an inch; Pete Conrad, near Tukes Mountain, 1.22 inches; Nancy Ellifrit, Mt. Vista, 1.20 inches; Larry Lebsack, N.E. Hazel Dell, 1.28 inches; Dan Hein, Camas, 1.22 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 1.03 inches; Merle Moore, two miles west of Yacolt 1.06 inches; Dave Campbell, one mile west of Heisson, 1.24 inches; Jim Knoll, Five Corners, 0.95 of an inch; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 0.82 of an inch; and Tyler Mode, Minnehaha, 1.05 inches.