We survived...as most tropical systems often go, Bill was unpredictable in the final hours before landfall. It was moving NW, closer to us, but then changed suddenly and moved due West, putting the heaviest rain further away.
Then, after it came ashore, it moved North again and those bands of rain moved over our area...
You see the image above? This was before landfall and shows you how much moisture was in this storm. It took up a large swath of the Gulf of Mexico and the warm water just kept building up storms and rainfall. We've had some tornadoes around the area, the winds guested to around 50-60mph. Had the storm stayed out in the Gulf longer, it would have most likely become a Cat 1 Hurricane. And speaking of rainfall...
...this is the rainfall projection after landfall. The colors indicate rainfall totals and you can see along the sidebar what the colors equate to in inches. The shades of brown in this image? Those are upwards of 10 inches of rain. Something we don't need, Texas doesn't need, Oklahoma doesn't need, and other states to the North don't need. Of course, we do hope the rain does make it to the areas that definitely need it. We are in the red/dark red spots and sure enough, we have had about 3 inches total so far but even this chart might not be accurate because we may end up exceeding that 3 inch total. As for the farm, we've been unable to reach 2nd Family to check in (they have texted that they are ok, just haven't been able to ask them the rainfall total) but I'll update this post when we do. This has been THE wettest season we've ever had...
Above is the radar image as of this morning, even though the bulk of the storm is up into North Texas and Oklahoma, the moisture it is pulling along behind it is "training" into the Houston area and we are having torrential rains all over.
Neighbors near the farm have had their entire gardens just die, and even trees dying off because of too much water and now there is much much more coming today and this evening. In a way, it was probably fortuitous that we didn't start a Spring garden this year.
As a side note, when several of us bloggers posted our selfies the other day and I put mine up, CLICK HERE, you all left some wonderfully kind comments and I updated the bottom of the post to just add my group thanks.
Rain has moved out of our area at last...final tally:
4.25 inches in town
6.50 inches at the farm