Dubuque, Iowa is a wet place. Why does Iowa have such great farm land? Maybe because in the last four days we have had five inches of rain and it's been sunny at least part of every one of those days. Of all the places I have lived Iowa ranks equal to Massachusetts for lots of rain. It wins when it comes to decent soil for agriculture and sunlight.
Most places in the world are more tropical than we are in the upper midwest. It's less expensive when nothing needs to be heated four months a year and thus appeals to a wider demographic, at least that's one interpretation. In tropical places there are rainy seasons and dry seasons, not exactly the winters and summers that we enjoy. As we in Dubuque enjoy the five inches of rain so far this week, I have to wonder, is this our rainy season?