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Lightning to the right of me, lightning to the left of me, lightning in front and behind me rumbled and thundered – all night long.

Mobile and Pensacola got a lot more rain [about two feet] than we did, but we will close out April with 7 times our normal rainfall. All of the local rivers and streams are flooding. We are already seeing the roadsides covered in piles of soggy carpet and pads.

Hipparchia noticed that the National Weather Service thought it was notable.

We had near constant lightning and thunder all night long with a number of strikes near my house. Sleep was nearly impossible.

The Panhandle has been declared a disaster area by the state, which will hopefully lead to a Federal declaration because the state doesn’t adequately fund the disaster fund any more, and the clean up and repairs are going to be expensive.


1 Kryten42 { 05.02.14 at 6:29 pm }

Wow! You really are getting hit… I like thunderstorms, but there is such a thing as too much! 😉 Especially when trying to sleep. Earplugs don’t work too well, you feel the lightening & thunder in your bones if it’s close. LOL

Good luck m8! 🙂

2 Badtux { 05.02.14 at 7:42 pm }

All I’m getting hit with is heat. It was 94 degrees on Wednesday, 96 degrees on Thursday. Today it “merely” reached 87 degrees. Thankfully the weekend will be much cooler…

3 Bryan { 05.02.14 at 10:30 pm }

Yeah, Kryten, after the first four hours it was a major drag.

Too bad we couldn’t swap about a foot of rain for 20 degrees of heat, Badtux, and both of us would be happier campers. Dr Masters mentioned that during a one hour period in this storm Pensacola got 2½ times as much rain as Witchita, Kansas has received this year.

4 Badtux { 05.02.14 at 10:37 pm }

We would gladly accept *TWO* feet of your rain, Bryan, as long as it fell as 10 feet of snow on the Sierra Nevada!

5 Bryan { 05.03.14 at 9:58 pm }

Picky, picky – Badtux. Florida isn’t noted for its snow 😉

6 Badtux { 05.03.14 at 11:26 pm }

They opened Tioga Pass (the one through Yosemite) yesterday. Earliest it’s been open since 1978. Usually there’s 20 feet of snow on top of it this time of year. This year… only patches of snow here and there.

It’s going to be a long, hot, dry and dusty summer here in California…

7 Bryan { 05.04.14 at 8:32 pm }

With way too many wildfires…