Monday, August 20, 2007

Weekend Dry Spell Ends With A Bang at Birthday Bash

Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you.... We all had reason to sing and celebrate this weekend and for many reasons, cha, cha, cha. It was quite a night last night. Nature put on quite a light show. The electricity went off at my home for just over an hour. It happened of course during my daughter's 10th birthday celebration. Nature provided plenty of fireworks and the cake and ice cream never tasted so good! My daughter has always been closely tied to nature like the rest of us.

Last night brought back memories of Megan kicking up a storm in Julie's tummy during thunderstorms before she was born. Back then we lived in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where there are plenty of storms that pop up almost every day. Of course my wife was not too happy about this and wanted me to keep the storms away. But last night all was forgiven and we all cheered Megan and the nice heavy downpours. It is hard to believe that Megan is in the double digits. Here is a picture of Megan and her friends at her sleepover on Friday night. It is probably a good thing she did not have her sleepover last night. Yes, my wife and I thought it sounded like a hurricane was coming through on Friday night, but all her friends actually were well behaved and had a fun time making pizzas and dancing around.

My rain dance finally worked. I am not the greatest dancer in the world and this certainly did not help our rain deficit since late April, which is still anywhere from 6 to 9 inches across our area since early May. The chart above tells the story. Our weekend rainfall has been a dismal .06" over the past 7 weekends, but last night that all changed. Many areas in Tippecanoe County more than quadrupled this number with some areas near Clarks Hill receiving more than 10 times more rain this weekend than they had the previous two months.

While we wanted the rain, we did not want severe weather and there were reports of trees down along US231 in Montgomery County in the Linden area. The lightning was also vivid and constant. This is just the beginning of a very busy weather pattern for us. Last week, all the maps told us we would be going into a wetter pattern. But, let's be honest, until you or I actually saw the rain we certainly were quite skeptical based on what has happened. So batten down the hatches and get ready for more rain today. We could see an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain before all is said and done with locally higher amounts.

This will be a different kind of rain than we are used to as tropical remnants of what once was tropical storm Erin interact with a stationary front over the Midwest. So remember this and be careful of localized flooding and maybe a strong storm or two with damaging wind gusts. Of course I will keep you updated. It is time for nature's frenzy. Speaking of a frenzy. Here are some pictures from Friday night Frenzy. It was a great night for high school football on Friday.

Here is the class of 2008 at Central Catholic showing lots of school spirit before the game with Delphi.

Here is Delphi before the game warming up. They were happy we did not have a repeat of last year when it was stormy with plenty of delays and cancellations.

Well, I better get to work, I have not seen Live Doppler 18 this busy in a long, long time. My rain gauge just picked up .60" of rain in 7 minutes here on the southside of Lafayette. I have not seen rain like this since I lived in Myrtle Beach! Have a good day and be careful in the heavy rain. We simply are not used to it.

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