Tuesday, May 5, 2009

May Means Increased Thunderstorms

With the month of May comes a lot of things...such as warmer temperatures, greener landscapes, flowering plants and trees, more humidity and longer days.

A few of the above combine to bring an increased threat of afternoon showers and thunderstorms to a larger territory as well. (the longer days, warmer temperatures and higher humidity)

Today the threat for storms is mainly in the southern states, with a moderate risk in the Red River Valley of Texas and Oklahoma.

Currently, there is a severe thunderstorm watch in effect for coastal South Carolina. This is kind of good news.

As dry as it has been there, any cloud-to-ground lightning strikes that occur could start new wildfires.

But at the same time, the threat for thunderstorms could deliver some MUCH NEEDED moisture to places lucky enough to see the inclement weather.

May is the start of a very important time of the year for portions of the country, such as eastern Colorado.

While the mountains depend on snow for the bulk of their annual precipitation, the eastern plains of Colorado depend on the warm season cycle of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

Although this cycle doesn't really get going until late June when the monsoon kicks in, May is still a very important transition month.

In Denver, we average about 2.32 inches of precipitation in May, which happens to be the wettest month of the year for us on average.

Suzanne sent me some more great pictures of the high waters in her area of middle Tennessee. Needless to say, after 6.34 inches of rain over the weekend, area creeks and stream are running high.

She calculated that over 400,000 gallons of water fell on her property this past weekend alone.

There is even flooding in her backyard due to the water table being so high from all the rain the ground has absorbed.

Here is picture below from Suzanne near Lewisburg, Tennessee. The waters are muddy due to all the runoff from the recent heavy rains.

Someone asked me in the blog yesterday if there is an outlet online for us to all share weather pictures?

Not yet, but hopefully soon.

And finally, I want to leave you with a cute email my 83 year old grandmother sent me yesterday. She calls it her daily lesson.

This woman is smart, sharp as a tack and down-right sassy at times. I am lucky God chose her to be my grandma.

When two egotists meet, it is an I for an I.
A bicycle cannot stand on its own because it is two tired.
Time flies like and arrow,Fruit flies like bananas.
A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
The man who fell into the upholstery machine is fully recovered.
When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
He had a photographic memory that was never developed.
The short fortune teller who escaped from prison, was a small medium at large.
And last but not least for my lesson today
A lot of money is tainted --- It taint yours and it taint mine.

Have a great day!


  1. 400,000 gallons of water sounds very impressive. Did she mention how large her yard is?


  2. Kudos to your Grandma! Tell her that I enjoyed the lesson!