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Rain, Rain Go Away

Angela Fritz writing at Dr Masters’s blog: Torrential rain causes widespread flooding in Florida panhandle

Torrential rainfall led to widespread flooding along the northern Gulf Coast on Saturday, and Pensacola came about 2 inches shy of matching its all-time rainfall record for a calendar day: 15.29 inches. On Saturday, Pensacola airport received 13.13 inches of rain. The previous record was set on October 5, 1934, as Tropical Storm 9 of that year was making landfall. The record for any 24 hour period is 17.1 inches, spanning October 4-5 in 1934, according to Wunderground weather historian Christopher C. Burt.

We have a stalled front right along the coast that is pumping the Gulf on top of us. This isn’t a problem for me because there is still a lot of natural sand in my area which will let the water drain. but people with those ‘wonderful manicured lawns’ are flooding. The major roads are a mess here, and we didn’t get anywhere near that much rain.

They have some pictures of the flooding in Pensacola at the blog and at the Pensacola News Journal.

Everyone think dry thoughts for Hipparchia and her kitties because she lives over there.

3 comments

1 hipparchia { 06.10.12 at 8:36 am }

i and probably 90% of others in my neighborhood have opted for native landscaping, otherwise known as “lazy people’s evil plan to get out of doing yard work.”

so, along with not dumping pesticides and herbicides into the environment, not using up fertilizer that could better be used for growing food, and not pumping precious groundwater out of the aquifers, my neighborhood is also one of the least flooded.

but yeah, not looking forward to more of this.

2 cookie jill { 06.10.12 at 10:19 am }

I’m thinking dry thoughts for Hipparchia and les kittehs.

If y’all have any “extra” water you would like to donate to SoCal, we would greatly appreciate it. (Firefighters warning sign just turned from Moderate to High yesterday)

3 Bryan { 06.10.12 at 12:04 pm }

That Bermuda grass acts like a sponge and just holds the water in the top couple of inches so that it runs off into the bayou, instead of being run through one of the best filters around – our quartz sand. Of course, this provides an breeding ground for mosquitoes and more ‘chemical warfare.

My basic problem is that if I’m not planning to eat it, I don’t care what it looks like. I like green, but there are other colors, even for a yard. If I didn’t think it would drive the lawn guy around the bend, I would till the front yard and sow wildflowers over it. Everyone would be on my case for doing it, but a green lawn in front of a white house makes towns look like military housing, not real communities.

Yeah, Jill, I noticed that fires are popping up behind you when I look at the Federal Incident map. I think Badtux has some ‘wet’ that he would like to ‘share’, so all you need is for the jet stream to drop a couple of hundred miles.