Steamy Twilight after Welcome Rain

Late yesterday afternoon and early evening thundershowers moved through, bringing a good soaking rain, welcome, if brief, relief in a long spell of very hot dry days that look likely to continue for some time to come. At twilight, even though the rain had cooled off the temperature a little, steam rose in clouds from the pavement on the roads, turning orange in the last glow of sunset. Rainwater dripped from the trees. Fireflies flashed low over the grass. A Summer Tanager sang from its favorite perch in a large old red oak tree down the street, and a Scarlet Tanager sang from woods along a creek in the other direction, to the east.

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