Friday, January 09, 2009

Diluvian New Year

Holy cats, has it been raining!



We had 4.5 inches one night, then 2.5 inches fell the next day. (That's about 11.5 cm and 6.5 cm.)

I'm a few days late in posting these pictures, and the ground is still boot-sucking soggy.

If "beaver-drowning rain" isn't an old country expression, it should be. Driving towards town, I saw two dead beavers on the side of the road. You know it's a lot of rain when that happens.



It's hard to complain about this much rain after 3 years of drought. But it was starting to become worrisome.



Jasmine fretted. She whined. She barked at the water!



Just starting to recede.



Ahh. Much better.

This is a little drainage ditch that hasn't had water in it for 3 years or so.

This was the last time the water was so high. That was in the spring (when you expect that sort of thing), almost 4 years ago now.

They say it's going to rain again tomorrow...

13 comments:

amarkonmywall said...

Water water every where! Great photos. And wonderful rain. I'm wishing we would get some serious downpours here in Florida because our recycled water well that we use for irrigation is sucking air...
It will be fun for you to watch things green up, perhaps far more than usual this year. Fun washing the dog, too.

Phillip said...

That is a lot of water! We didn't get that much but we have had our share. Too bad we don't get this when we really need it. It is good to see you back online!

mountainmelody said...

The lake in my yard has finally dried up, although maybe I should have taken the opportunity to go for a swim while I could?

Rurality said...

Vicki, I'd be happy to send you some if I could. On the other hand, the ponds are nicely full now. Yep I'm already wondering if wildflowers will be nicer this year.

Phillip, I think we were right in the swath that got the most rain, for once. Oh and sorry for leaving that Christmas card pic up for so long!

MM, good thing you didn't wash right down that mountain and into the lake! ;)

Pablo said...

Has all that rain caused a flood of new posts here as well? I'm not going to complain. I'll just enjoy the Rurality goodness, oh Queen!

Floridacracker said...

Pablo has that serf thing down pat.

Boy, I love big rains. Haven't had any for awhile so I am envious.

W. Latane Barton said...

Oh my... what a flood. I spoke to my sister in law a couple days ago (more in the Cullman area) and they were water logged, too. You guys keep sending it on up here every time. Sometimes I thank you, sometimes I wish you wouldn't ha.

edifice rex said...

Yeah, it hasn't been toad-strangler rains, it's been toad-washer-awayer rains!

Lythrum said...

I am also divided on the rain. On the one side, I too am glad that the drought is over. There, I said something good. I am sooooo tired of grey skies and some mixture of either rain or drizzle or just damp and fog that I was about to declare that I had SAD and buy a sunlamp. The last few days have been beautiful, but I wanted a sunny weekend day. Looks like you got a bit more than we did though, but we live on a hill so it doesn't collect up here very much.

Mark said...

I was watching the weather radar during that period. Over in NW Georgia we got about five inches at our house. It looked like Alabama was getting even more, and so it was. I missed it all. I'm in sunny, dry southern California right now.

LauraP said...

Mother Nature's making up for lost time, eh? Fingers crossed for moderate, nicely spaced rains for the rest of the season.

countrypeapie said...

The creek near our house looked much the same as your pictures, and is finally looking nice again. Feast or famine....

Annie in Austin said...

We need rain too, Rurality, but hope for several smaller events - not such a big downpour all at once!

Somehow 'Toad-strangler' rain sounds kinda funny but 'Beaver-drowning ' rain is both mildly risque and tragic at the same time.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose