The day started early for us as a strong line of thunderstorms arrived at 3:30am. The lightning was so severe, you'd have thought it was the middle of the day and not the middle of the night. No need to turn on any lights to wander the house and peek outside; Mother Nature was using her own and I think they were strobes. And I had just drifted off when the cellphone not screeched with a flash flood alarm. I suppose a softer pitch and volume wouldn't do the job but needless to say, I was wide awake after that.
We got 1.88" of rain out of that system according to Dr. Dale's trusty rain gauge. I don't know the size of his collection tube but it better be a big one as storms returned again tonight. The local television station was reporting rainfall totals for the day of nearly a foot or more, depending on the location. And every time they showed the graphic, the numbers climbed because it was still raining. With one to three inches of additional rain forecast for the rest of the night, we're going to have a BIG number before the weather clears at midday tomorrow.
And lightning...we had it with tonight's storm too. The weatherman showed another graphic of lightning strikes which showed over 57,000 in just one hour. The number would have been much higher but the counter only retains data for one hour. There was a large number of home without power; fortunately, we weren't one of them. There was a graphic for that too. You've probably figure out by now that we spent a large part of the evening watching storm coverage on the television.
Today's rain comes on the heels of two big storms just a little more than a week ago that gave us 9" between them so the ground is already saturated. I don't remembered the number they gave on the news the other night but we're well above normal for the year already. It would be nice if we could send all this rain to those who need it in other parts of the country.
Lots of rain + saturated ground = flooding and I suspect this picture will probably find it's way to the national media just because it represents the problems in some areas. Not all by any means but those in low-lying areas or with poor drainage. We had a little flooding of our own in our garage but it was because the rain was falling so heavily. It's swept out and gone now but it made for work we didn't anticipate having to do this evening.
Us sweeping a little water was a minor inconvenience compared to what it could have been. The loss of life from tornadoes in the South these past few days is sobering, not to mention the homes destroyed and property damage sustained. We are blessed; it could be worse.
Ordinarily I like drifting off to the sound of rain falling outside the window. Tonight I'm ready for it to stop.