Wednesday, June 17, 2015

AND NOW IT'S OVER

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.

UPDATE:  

Rain has moved out of our area at last...final tally:

4.25 inches in town
6.50 inches at the farm 


16 comments:

Gail said...

Glad you are not in danger.

donna baker said...

I've lost trees and five fruit trees to all the rain. It is coming in the house under the wood floors. I can't stand it. And, I live in southeast OK where the brown is. It is miserable.

Texas Rose said...

“And the rain, rain, rain came down, down, down….”
6.5 inches of rain yesterday and 3.5 this morning - and it’s still raining - and it’s a train-ing rain. No flooding or power outage at my house - but some in town are. Sure glad my flood insurance is paid up. And so glad that I learned from my daddy how to buy a house on high ground!
Hope y’all are staying dry! And that the Farm is fine also.

Colleen said...

Good to hear that you are safe.
we got close to 5 inches this morning. It started with the hard, heavy rain in the wee hours and by about 9:15am the rain was letting up. Water standing in the yard all over the place. Our ditch was even full.
We're now having some strong winds.
Seeing I can't go outside to work, I made a Black Forest Poke Cake instead.

Elephant's Child said...

Glad to hear that you and 2nd Family are safe. Which is the important thing.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

and it is heading our way. it could possibly go south but right now they say it is heading for us. i will take the rain but teddy will not be happy!

Gary said...

1st,
Glad to hear you guys escaped a direct hit and hoping the farm is faring well. Will being checking your blog for updates, take care. – G

Sandy said...

1st Man,

Good to hear the storm has passed. Be careful when out and about with the flooding and because trees are falling down due to all the rain and root rot.

It's still raining here, I was able to cover parts of my garden with plastic. I'm hoping this will protect those veggies which are producing actual vegetables to harvest.

Expect 7 to 10 inches of rain in two days, oh joy!!!!

1st Man said...

Thank you!

1st Man said...

Dang, sorry about that. I hope you get missed by this. Hang in there, maybe it will be clear for awhile after this.

1st Man said...

WOW! SO you are at 10 inches so far? Wow! It's crazy isn't it? I hope this is it for this season. We can't deal wiith this again and again.

Glad you are on high ground!

1st Man said...

Black forest poke cake? I've never heard of that, sounds good!!! And a great thing to do to say inside! Hope it passes quickly for you! Hang in there!

1st Man said...

That's all that matters isn't it? Thank you!!!

1st Man said...

I hope you get the rain, but yeah, Teddy will be ticked, ha.

1st Man said...

Yep, we had more of a glancing blow I guess you could say. Thanks!!!

1st Man said...

Oh my I know you all are going to get the bad part. Hang in there and you stay safe too!