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[Editor:
Froggy isn't quite ready for sun bathing, so she's trying out a little behind her ears.]

Friday Ark

19 comments

1 hipparchia { 04.25.14 at 8:15 pm }

:) :) :) :) :) :)

2 Bryan { 04.25.14 at 9:02 pm }

It wasn’t that funny, three at most.

3 hipparchia { 04.26.14 at 7:46 am }

those aren’t lol’s, they’re happy smiles. just looking at that picture, I was instantly transported to a shady spot on a warm day, with a gorgeous sun-dappled cat purring beside me.

I would have just posted one smiley, but you can blame the spamcatcher software, for the 5 others.

;)

4 Bryan { 04.26.14 at 9:48 pm }

Sorry about that. It’s actually the WordPress program itself that does that, and I can’t discover where to change it.

5 hipparchia { 04.29.14 at 5:44 pm }

all the cats here are sending kind thoughts un your direction. probably (since they’re all hiding from the latest storm, they must just be grumbling at the gods.

6 Bryan { 04.29.14 at 8:59 pm }

Anytime this system decides to move can’t be too soon for me. I shut down and disconnected the cable this afternoon because we were getting close lightning strikes.

I have an oversized ground on the cable run, in addition to the ground the cable company installed, but induction can be almost as bad as a direct hit.

Beneath something is where any sensible cat wants to be in these conditions.

7 hipparchia { 04.29.14 at 10:06 pm }

Beneath something is where any sensible cat wants to be in these conditions.

I enjoy storms, but even I was eyeballing the space under the futon for a while there. today looked awfully tornado-y, but thinking back, I don’t remember any close-by lightning strikes since the days of the fluffy black dog. truly he had a magnetic personality!

8 Bryan { 04.29.14 at 11:19 pm }

We’ve had tornado watches all evening, mostly in the North County, but things are calmer over here for the moment. Both Pensacola and Mobile have new rainfall records for the date – Pensacola only bested the old mark by a one-hundredth, but Mobile went over by three inches.

The radar says that Pensacola is still getting drowned and boomed. The Mobile radar is out, so there’s no way of seeing how far into the Gulf the storms extend.

9 hipparchia { 04.30.14 at 3:50 pm }

that was an amazing amount of water. and lightning. and mud. and flood damage.

we all came through just fine here at chez hipparchia, though it’s incredibly boring to be without phone AND internet (and no cats to snuggle with because they were all in hiding). everything’s back on now, but we still have a boil water notice and there’s going to be a ton of general cleanup and repair to do around the city.

are you ok?

10 hipparchia { 04.30.14 at 5:09 pm }

the national weather service is calling it a HISTORIC EVENT

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mob/?n=flashflood_04292014

wait, didn’t we just have one these a couple of years ago?

http://correntewire.com/the_rain_in_the_lane_stays_mainly_undrained

and then there were those 3 snow days to start the year off right…

if this going to be the new normal, we can cope. it’ll be tiresome and expensive, but survivable. the scary thought is that this might be just the transition to some really interesting times.

11 Bryan { 04.30.14 at 5:58 pm }

I’m fine, but I had to go out at about 10 minutes after midnight to check on the house next door because I thought it was struck by lightning, and I was checking for a possible fire. It has a metal roof. It was a tree, not the house that got hit, we discovered today.

Yeah, a foot of rain all along the Coast, and the Pensacola station lost some of its automated equipment including the rain gauge, so their new record is an estimate. The Mobile weather radar was out all night, so you couldn’t see the stuff out in the Gulf.

All of the local rivers are flooding, and roads are still under water. The Fraudster-in-chief has declared the counties on the Panhandle disaster areas, so a FEMA declaration may follow which will help with the clean-up as the legislature doesn’t put money into the disaster fund any more.

The sand just lets it drain away, but the golf courses and homes around them are screwed.

I have some new wounds from the cats because of close lightning strikes, so it isn’t the comfort you assume. ;)

12 hipparchia { 04.30.14 at 6:45 pm }

I have some new wounds from the cats because of close lightning strikes, so it isn’t the comfort you assume.

good point. I’ve had that happen a couple of times. if anybody out there has ever wondered whether cats utilize cato (claw-assisted takeoff) when spooked – I can tell you that the answer is yes they do.

I don’t know how many of our roads are still under water, but at least three of them in the city have collapsed and washed down their respective hillsides according to the photos and videos at the pnj website.

13 hipparchia { 04.30.14 at 6:52 pm }

so a FEMA declaration may follow which will help with the clean-up as the legislature doesn’t put money into the disaster fund any more.

I sure hope so. we’re going to need help. fema is recovering a bit from it’s “good job, brownie” days, but it’s still not as well-run and well-funded as it needs to be.

14 hipparchia { 04.30.14 at 7:00 pm }

argh! it’s >>> its

I hate when people do that, especially that one.

15 Bryan { 04.30.14 at 8:53 pm }

Excise also uses claws for braking after leaping on me – he gets me coming and going :)

They had bridges closed in a number of areas more as a precaution until they could inspect the approaches or the extremely poor visibility in the case of the Midbay Bridge.

It looks like you got two feet of rain in the two events.

16 hipparchia { 04.30.14 at 10:33 pm }

Excise also uses claws for braking after leaping on me

ouch. mine tend to use stealth tactics when they’re in snuggle mode – first they’re lying on the coffee table, then they’re lying on the sofa at the other end, then they’re lying on the sofa next to me, then they’re lying partly on the sofa and partly on my lap, …

It looks like you got two feet of rain in the two events.

that sounds about right. I left an empty garbage can out in the backyard from my gardening activities over the weekend and it was full to the brim this morning.

looks like there’s more headed our way too

http://www.pnj.com/story/weather/2014/04/30/woods-yet-rain-way/8536907/

there’s quite a collection of photos of washed-out roads and damaged houses at that link. judging by those photos, the biblical injunction against building your house on sand ought really to be talking about building your house (or at least the roads) on red clay. my house on its foundation of sand is still standing. and the road didn’t wash out either.

17 Bryan { 04.30.14 at 10:54 pm }

When clay gets wet it becomes a lubricant and things just slide around – a form of geologic hydroplaning. The sand lets the water through and it heads back to the water table. The only danger is if there are winds involved, the pines will tip over readily as the sand becomes less compacted.

I am surprised that we didn’t lose power here, because the transformers tend to short out in the heavy rain.

18 hipparchia { 05.01.14 at 6:40 am }

I should have kept quiet about “survivable”

http://myescambia.com/home/news/situation-escambia-county-central-booking

19 Bryan { 05.01.14 at 9:00 pm }

I’m guessing a storm sewer blow out under the pavement washed away the support and cracked/broke a metal gas line. We have been replacing those lines over here because they were corroding from the salt water intrusion as well as the salt water blown in by hurricanes. They were cast iron mains with black iron supply lines and they are being replaced with plastic.