Check out these radar captures from the last few days. It was raining at 11:30pm on 3/7...then still raining at 8:35am in the morning of the 8th...
...no breaks in the morning, it was still coming down at 11:05am and again at 3:58pm. It was getting to be the same old same old...
Then when a loud clap of thunder woke us up at 1:10am, I checked the radar and yep, still raining on the 9th. When we woke up to head to work yesterday morning at 8:05am it was pouring...
At 11:47am, almost noon, still coming down in buckets...
Finally, by 8:21pm last night, it was starting to lighten up.
This is one of our semi-epic rain storms. It's what makes gardening a unique experience here. Our part of the state is in a semi-tropical climate which gives us high humidity in the Summer and cold, damp Winters (we still get freezes and occasional ice). Unfortunately, when conditions are just right, moisture coming in from the Gulf of Mexico, it also gives us periods of monsoon type rain...lots and lots of rain. Here for example, it has rained for 3 days straight.
Yet another weekend of nothing getting done outside, sigh.
|Flooded side yard|
2nd Family sent us these photos today to let us know how the rain was coming down out there. Above is their yard, under their party tree, off the side porch. You can see out into the yard, water was about 6" deep.
Below is from their front porch, looking toward our shared driveway...yep, top left of the picture, that wet strip veering out of the photo is the driveway leading up to our house.
|Flooded front yard|
Thankfully, we are at the high end of the property and so there is no flooding risk to the house itself. We do however get a lot of standing water around the yard but the topography makes it run off. It runs from our property, down the driveway to their yard, then on out the driveway and their yard into the road and down the hill into a ravine/gully of sorts.
Final tally out there: 5 1/2" of rain...and about 4" in town. And believe it or not, this is a lot of rain, but not the worst we can get. 10" is not uncommon at one time, at least once a season.
Long story short, we couldn't get to our farmhouse yesterday if we wanted to. Someday, when we are there full time during times like this, we could be stuck at home for days, not able to leave the property until things dry up. Yet another reason to prep the house fully for extended stays.