Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Spending The Night With Tropical Storm Alberto
Well, that was just what I expected...
I spent the early evening securing yard clutter and clearing out my little drainage swales that lead water off the driveway and towards the pond. It was gusty and rainy while I did these chores, but once you're soaked, you can't really get any wetter, so the rain was not a hindrence.
The local fire chief cruised by and stopped when I was working out by the road. He asked about any neighbors who might be in low lying areas. We chatted a bit and he moved on down the road.
My rain gauges blew away in last year's storms and I had not replaced them. Rain gauges aren't on your mind during droughts, but I'm getting a new one today. Using the bucket method, I'd say that Alberto dropped about 4+ inches. That seems to jive with regional totals I'm seeing on the Weather Channel.
Most of this storm's strength happened in the dark so we didn't get to watch whipping trees and dense tropical rain sheets, but it was a very wet, windy night.
The center of circulation is crossing just to the north of our coast this morning as I write, so the winds have slacked, but will be switching on again before it flows northeast to Georgia. Good rains should continue as it pulls tropical moisture over us.
I haven't gone off the porch yet this morning, but I can see a fresh scar on the old lightning struck oak out front. Beneath it on the ground is a large branch of about 12 inch diameter.
Since I'm off, I 'll get out there with the camera and do a walkabout to check for any other Alberto effects. Will the pond be different?
Inquiring minds want to know.
A second, post Alberto post will follow this afternoon.
Posted by R.Powers at 8:00 AM