Wednesday, August 27, 2008


posted by Michael Piwonka 6:25 PM
As the remnants of Tropical Storm Fay passed through the area, we've received much-needed rain in our drought-stricken region.

Yesterday we received rain throughout the day, at times heavy, but generally slow and steady. This morning, however, I was awakened by thunderstorms and heavy rain, at about 2:30AM. The rain lasted for several hours, and was some of heaviest I can ever remember.

So today I checked a website maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey, which displays rainfall in 5 minute increments. I located a "rain station" at a local high school that's about 3 miles away by car, but only a little over a mile away as the crow flies.

The site showed 3.9" of rain for yesterday, but over 5" of rain between midnight and 8AM today! Two separate 30-minute stretches, one around the time I woke up, and another starting at about 5:30AM, each had 1.5" of rain at the school.

I had a very small amount of water in my basement near the garage doors, which I guess is acceptable considering the rate of downpour this morning.

We have more chance of rain over the next couple days, albeit decreasing chances.


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