Thursday, May 12, 2011

Rain!

Texas is in the middle of a bad drought. February 9 was the last time we received .10" of rain. Grass has crisped up and turned yellow, Stage 1 drought restrictions are in place, and the whole thing is kind of depressing. On top of that, our emotions bounced up and down between highs and lows, because the weatherman kept giving us chances of rain that never panned out. This morning was our last big chance. If we missed it the forecast was gloom and doom for another long week. Prayers were answered!

 A large thunderstorm moved in and poured right over the aquifer's recharge zone. This will prevent Stage 2 restrictions and maybe eliminate Stage 1. It soaked our lawns and our vegetable gardens. It filled our ditches and caused minor flooding. It was raining and it was wonderful!

Phones are ringing off the walls as we celebrate with our friends and relatives.

 "Our rain guage shows 3/4 inch."     "No hail on our side of town!"  "They got one whole inch at the airport!"

We know this won't end the drought, but we don't care, this is one happy day!

The terrible irony of all this is that while we were praying for rain other parts of the country were flooding, or recovering from tornadoes and other natural disasters. Just know that we were also praying for you.
  

10 comments:

  1. Wonderful news, Catherine! The rain must have been a pretty sight. I hope this ushers in a new weather pattern for you, and that you get more rain to end the drought.

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  2. It's great that you got the rain, I'll send more your way. We sure as heck don't want it until August now! So weird how one area can have too much and another not enough. Who has the balance??

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  3. Thankful for rain here in NY. Usually too much though, we had flooding. :O)

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  4. Diane, Tanya, and Andrea, Luckily I received email when you left comments here. Blogger has been down and having trouble with not posting comments. It all seems to be cleared now. Just wanted to let you know I got them.

    Diane, sorry about the flooding in New York. Hope you are all safe.

    Tanya Reimer, go ahead and send us any rain you don't want through August. We'll take it. I'm sorry you are getting too much.

    Andrea, thanks for you well wishes about this storm bringing in a new weather pattern. That would be wonderful!

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  5. Glad you got much-needed rain! It's supposed to snow tonight where I live in Colorado, but we could use any kind of precipitation too.

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  6. Hoping you get what you need, Jess.

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  7. Three months without rain...I cannot imagine that. Everything must be dried out and cracking, including skin and furniture! I hope Thursday's rain helped!

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  8. Anne, it helped bunches. Everything, including us, perked up.

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  9. We're not in a drought, but we did have a huge thunder storm the other night. It gave us as much rain in one evening as the average rainfall for the whole month of May. It was also lots of fun to see the lightning and count the miles until the thunder. I love big storms. When I was growing up in Hong Kong, we had awesome monsoon seasons. I haven't seen rain like that since!

    Amy

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  10. Amy, wow, sounds like a great light show. Hope there wasn't any flooding or flash floods. I like thunderstorms that aren't violent. All the sights, sounds, especially at night when it lights up the sky are exciting.

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