Thursday, September 29, 2011

Another day, another 2 inches of rain

The daily 2 inches of rain this area is getting is now beyond old.  It borders on torture.

Yesterday afternoon it rained harder than I've ever seen it rain in my entire life.  That lasted for about 20 minutes and in that time an inch fell. Then an hour later, it rained just as hard for another 15 minutes and dropped another inch of rain.  I ended up pumping the flash flood out of my basement.  Again.

Baby Dog, who hates water, was appalled when I took her outside yesterday evening.  Water ran down my drive, and it was impossible for her to keep her toes dry.  She isn't coping well. 

Rain washed out my lane, rushing down the mountain, carving deep ruts down the middle.  Even with 4-wheel drive it's a bumpy ride.  After the rain abated, I went out with my heavy rake and tried to even it out a bit.  That didn't work as well as I'd hoped because the stone and dirt road is mostly too hard to even out with just a rake. But the water managed to cut a path a foot deep even so.

Fog pervades the mountain and off the mountain, too.  In those rare moments when I can see the forest with any clarity, I am noticing the beginnings of the fall leaf change.  In my first photo, if that was all there was to the story, you'd probably think this gorgeous orange shade covered the mountain.  The reality today is more like the second photo.  It's a gorgeous orange tree in the middle of a still mostly green forest.

The weather was supposed to improve (or at least not rain) tomorrow, but "tomorrow" is turning into something that never arrives, and the end to the torture is pushed back for yet another day.  Or two. Whatever happened to gorgeous fall weather?  It sure didn't exist at all in September, which now stands as the rainiest month ever for this year.


Grizz………… said...

Wow! You sure don't need more rain.

Here, September is already the third wettest month in the records. And with showers predicted for late this afternoon, tonight, tomorrow, and tomorrow night, and the difference between where we're at now and second place in the records being less than half an inch to go, I'd say we'll likely make that position. (Beating the all-time record would require an additional inch.)

But I sear, I think you've had more rain…with apparently no end in sight. I wouldn't want to be the one who has to break that bad news to Baby Dog!

Not much color change here along the river. But up on the hill, some maples are starting to turn.

P.S. If you start seeing critters walking along the roads two-by-two, I'd look for an old guy with a big boat and try and get aboard.

Heart Matters said...

I blame it all on climate change. I don't care what the deniers say.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Oh dear, I've been moaning aboout it being too hot and sunny today in England. Hope the wet stuff's not heading our way. I also hope that October will be an improvement - it could scarcely be worse.

cathy said...

I'm surprise I'm not growing mold on me. Seriously, we need 2 weeks of dry crisp air to dry PA out!

Great pictures of the trees. I was hoping to snap some pictures tomorrow but got to work instead. Grr!!!!!

Carolyn H said...

Grizz: Rain is not a word I want to hear again for some time! The creeks are so high that water is almost up to the tops of them.

So far this year 60 inches of rain, nearly double what we normally get in a year!

Sam: I think this is climate change, too. What scares me is that this is only the beginning. I don't want to think about what "even worse" will be like.

John: I sure hope October here isn't worse than September. Good riddance to September, I say!

Cathy: I've got lots of fungus everywhere. The problem is, it's not "pretty" or unusual fungus, just the ordinary white stuff

Scott said...

Carolyn, Rain here yesterday afternoon (Thursday, Sept. 29) on the Piedmont, but not two inches. Today promises to be partly sunny, but there's still a chance for showers tonight, tomorrow night, and Sunday night. Argh! The soil here (like it is where you are) is so saturated that any rain just precipitates (pun intended) more flooding and more water in my basement. Unfortunately, with the sunlight losing its "oomph," we're not going to get any significant drying any time soon, I fear. Like you, I fear this may become the norm for the future.

Carolyn H said...

Scott: The ground is so saturated than even .25 inch caused more flooding. If this is only the beginning of the climate change, how are we ever going to be able to deal with what's ahead?