It's rained every day this month it seems
by: Self-portrait Sports Editor John Brewington

As predicated, the full moon was pretty bright over the weekend. According to the weather guys, it was 14 percent brighter than normal and closer to the earth than it has been for 18 years.

I slipped out for a peak between clouds sometime around 11 p.m. on Saturday. It was too bright to look at for too long. I skipped taking a picture, thinking that by the time I figured out how to get one, the clouds would obscure it again.

Some were making dire predictions about ocean tides, even earthquakes, but the experts were pooh-poohing such notions-saying there was no effect.

The full moon coincided with the first day of spring. I expected to get up to sunny skies and plants starting to bloom. Well, I didn't really expect any such thing, but I was hopeful.

It hasn't been a good year to be all that hopeful weather-wise. A week into the season, some prep teams are still struggling to get in the their first game. The St. Helens girls' softball team had four events scheduled last week-they played none. A reschedule for Monday also went for naught.

Coach Jeff Edwards was fretting over the decision to cancel, but it was a good one. The weather is fickle and fields really need about three days of at least normal temperatures with no rain to dry out. He has games scheduled Thursday and Friday. Don't tell him, but the weather forecast pretty much remains lousy for the rest of the week.

The Lions baseball team also missed three games last week, but did manage to reschedule with Glencoe for Saturday morning on the all-weather turf field at Hillsboro Stadium. They won too. They'll get in two more games at the end of the week-at an all-weather facility in Southern Oregon.

Scappoose baseball also played a game last week, besting Burns 15-1. However, I wasn't able to get in touch with them on Monday to find out if they got in any others. They were to have been at La Grande on Monday and Baker on Tuesday. They're still on break this coming Monday and supposed to play at North Marion. Their first scheduled home game is next Thursday with Rainier. They host R.A. Long on April 1-really, no joking around about the day.

The Scappoose High softball team was in The Dalles on Monday and Tuesday for a tournament, but I'm still waiting to hear how they did.

Track did get started last week. Both St. Helens and Scappoose had home meets on Thursday. St. Helens coach Gerry Tinkle said his team likes the rain. They won district last season in a monsoon-like storm, upsetting favorite Wilsonville. As far as he's concerned it can pour down rain for every meet.

We'd like to say the weather will improve soon and this nasty stretch all but forgotten. Maybe it still will, but the latest revised forecast is for a wetter and colder than normal April and May.

Not a lot to do about it. It is Oregon after all. What's the saying? If you don't like the weather in Oregon, just wait a minute.

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