Did something stupid – I trusted the weatherman. Ran the batteries down a bit night before last trusting that yesterday would be “partly cloudy.” It socked in as thick as I’ve ever seen it, and rained in the afternoon and overnight. (Oh, but it was so great. The overnight temps never even got near freezing! Heaven!) This morning, with no load at all the voltage was down below 12 and that hasn’t happened for a long time. Today the sun peeks through from time to time and the voltage is up a little, but I’m gonna let it do its thing without any more interference from me.
Looking at the five-day forecast now, the weatherman has changed his mind 180o and claims it’ll rain every minute for the next week. Lying bastard’s probably right this time.