John Downing: It's a worry that 16 rain-free days can leave us on brink of desertification
This time last year we were enduring the wettest and coldest Irish summer in 26 years and the miracle was that the country did not sink beneath the volume of rainwater that fell.
Right into last month the weather remained cold and treacherous with farmers enduring their worse fodder crisis in years.
For the past 16 days it has been dry and blissfully warm. It has been a joy.