Saturday, July 14, 2012

WET WEATHER UPDATE


What a week we've had down here!  Rain, rain, and more rain.

A few crazy weather stats for our neck of the woods:

11"+ at the farm over the last 6 days.
5 1/2" in one day.
18" total in parts of the Houston area.
We haven't had this kind of rain event in over 2 years.
We've had more rainfall in the last week than in all of last year.
We've had a week of temps in the 80's and in 2011, only one time did we get into the 80's during all of June, July, August AND September combined.


Look at this below.  It's an image from the NWS showing the rainfall totals.  The bar on the side shows rainfall in inches by colors.  The farm is in one of the dark red colors.  Notice the pink/purple areas?  That's 16"-18" of rain in 4 days!

4 Day rainfall totals for SE Texas: Courtesy of National Weather Service
Thankfully, there is no flooding at the farm (other than standing water in some low spots in the yard), but there is some major flooding around Houston and sadly, homes have been flooded.  It's good that the farm property sits high up and is not near any stream or river or bayou so never really a worry about it flooding.  There have been times in the past when 2nd Family said the farm was cut off from the major roads for a few days with high water on surrounding roads, all the more reason to be as self sufficient as possible in the future.  Our thoughts though are with those who've had flooded homes in our area.

On top of all this crazy, wet weather, this has been my first full week at my new job.  I'm loving it, it's the same industry, just a new office.  It's always hard fitting into a new dynamic of people who've been together for years, but I've been told that I'm "loved" by everyone so that makes me feel good.  

More rain in the forecast tomorrow, so I'm not sure I'll make it out to the farm to mow, but I will go to check on things, make sure there are no leaks, etc.  I'm also going to try to catch up on all of the comments you've been kind enough to leave.  Hope you're having a great weekend doing what you enjoy!

16 comments:

Annie*s Granny said...

Good heavens, we only get 6-7" in an entire year! We did get surprise wind/rain/thunderstorm early this morning though. Not enough rain to do much good, wind knocked down a few tomatoes, but no real damage.

Mary Ann said...

PLEASE SEND SOME OUR WAY!!!!

Sue said...

I'll take some too!!!

Frugal Living UK said...

So glad you enjoy the new job, I am sure you are liked by one and all!
Bizarre weather, here, we seem to get all 4 seasons in one day as they say.

Marcia said...

So the rain you're having isn't being spread throughout Texas is it? I have an internet friend in West Texas who continues to suffer from drought. The vagaries of the weather.

kymber said...

oh my goodness - that's a lot of rain! i wish you could send it to the places that are having such horrible drought - it's just awful for some folks! i am very glad that you are enjoying your new job and fitting in - of course they love you!

your friend,
kymber

Akannie said...

I think you must have our rain too...lol. We're in a drought--haven't had a lick of rain since June 17th...farmers are getting scared...

Kelly said...

Send the rain this way. We are in a drought and the farmers are hurting big time. Corn isn't doing well, which will hurt everyone in many ways.

Steer clear of flooding.

1st Man said...

Isn't it crazy? When we get rain here, we get RAIN. Of course, we went all of last year with little to no rain at all, so we're grateful for this, it's filled all the lakes and ponds and well water way down below us. Hope your toms are ok!!

1st Man said...

I'd do it if I knew how, ha! Hope you get some soon!!!

1st Man said...

Ditto on sending it if I knew how, ha.

1st Man said...

Aww, thanks! The weather seems weird everywhere. Not sure what's going on.

1st Man said...

Nope, it's just here in SE Texas...A little over toward Austin/San Antonio but mostly just around here. It's totally bizarre.

1st Man said...

There are times when controlling the weather could be a good thing huh? We had the horrible drought last year, now we're having floods. It's just strange to say the least.

And thanks for the kind words about the job, you're very sweet, as always. :-)

1st Man said...

Dang, that's so bad. I hate droughts, they are so scary.

1st Man said...

Trying to stay away from flooding roads, you know it can be crazy down here when it floods, ha. Yes, corn is used in so many ways, it could have a major impact. I'll send rain thoughts your way!!