Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Flooding, Severe Weather & Another Lesson From Grandma

Wow, check out these pictures my mom sent me this morning from her front yard. This is in northeast Pulaski County, on the northeast side of the Little Rock metro area.

This is her street and the picture below is the house across from her. Luckily, the road peaks at a small hill right where she lives, and she happens to be on the high side of it.

But her nieghbors aren't so lucky.

The Little Rock area picked up another 2 to 3 inches of rain overnight, bringing their total for the last week into the 8 to 12 inch range.

Some isolated locations have seen in the 15 to 20 inch range.

And the problem is not just in Arkansas. There are flood watches and/or warnings in effect from Texas to Pennsylvania.

More rain is in the forecast for these water-logged areas.

In addition to the flooding, severe thunderstorms rolled from southern Arkansas across Mississippi overnight.

Currently they are moving across northern Alabama and impacting some major population centers, including Huntsville, Birmingham and Tuscaloosa.

There have been several reports of severe weather and even a few tornadoes. There is a possible fatality in Mississippi.

Due to the water-logged soils and high thunderstorm winds, hundreds if not thousands of trees are down across the region. The high winds combined with the very loose roots systems/soils due to all the recent heavy rain, and they just simply fall right over.

Several tornadoes touched down just east and south of the Raleigh/Durham, NC metro area on Tuesday causing some damage.

Several months ago I talked about starting a blog series where we go CoCoRaHS state by CoCoRaHS state and explore the climate characteristics.

I am hoping to start that next week.

And finally, today's lesson by my ham of a grandma, Amelia. She is teaching from the book called Jolly Jokes For Older Folks.

She writes, and I quote...

"Alright kids, sit up straight, spit out the gum, and look smart!"

  • Reading while sun bathing makes you well-red.
  • A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
  • Marathon runners with bad footwear suffer the agony of defeat.
  • If you stand up, you'll be seen. If you speak up you'll be heard. If you shut up you'll be appreciated.
  • A man was complaining about the cost of a baby. The nurse said "Sure, but look how long they last"

    And last but not least,

  • If a sea gull flies over the sea, what flies over the bay?----A bagel!

    Bye now
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