I checked on the compost piles yesterday in-between downpours caused by the leading effects of Tropical Storm Eric as it gets closer to the Hawaiian Islands but I did not want to keep the tarp off for very long because I did not want to piles to become too saturated from the rain.
The main pile is slowing down in its decomposition as it nears the end of the compost cycle as evidenced by its continued lower internal temperatures. It is staying active at 140 degrees though so everything is still progressing as it should. It is common for a pile to drop to a lower temperature range as it gets more mature.
The second test pile with the sawdust as the brown carbon component still being a new pile was chugging along at 165 degrees.
They were slightly drier than I would like so I did add 2 gallons of un-chlorinated water split between both piles.
Today it is sunny and about 85 degrees this morning, but we do still have scattered showers as the outer rain-bands of Eric pass over the island. We will be getting a lot of rain over the weekend through about Tuesday from the remnants of Tropical Storm Eric and Tropical Storm Flossie as they die off near the islands.
The main pile has dropped today to 138 degrees. I turned the pile over to aerate it and added 3-gallons of water to moisten it back up.
The second pile is running at 161 degrees. I turned this one and added 5 gallons of water to this pile to get its moisture level back up.