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Springtime in Texas

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Ground ZeroHere’s a quick reminder of what it’s like at my house.  UPS anyone?  Seriously, I live next to Keller so in this picture, I’m in the heart of the red splotch of rain.  In the past 48 hours we’ve received a few inches of rain.  The rain is sorely needed since we are still behind our annual rainfall by about 20 or more inches.  Careful what you wish for…

In a couple of weeks, all of the folks from my team are headed here.  They have been properly introduced to the subtleties of Texas springtime weather.  You see, a couple of years ago, we were all out at David and Stacey Copelands house and it began to rain.  The rain started coming down hard.  Then harder… Then even harder!!!

My G35 Coupe was parked in the driveway at the front door and I swear I thought the rain was going to take the paint off.  It was raining so hard, it sounded like hail which of course was totally freaking me out.

To give you an idea of how hard it rained, we ended up getting between 16–18 inches of rain, THAT NIGHT!!!  Imagine getting approximately a half year of rain in a ten hour period of time.  We did make one feeble attempt to leave her house and try to get out of Ceder Hill.

I was following John Weston and his big Chevy Suburban.  I still remember the tidal wave he managed to produce.  He hit this dip in the road and the water came up over his hood and vehicle and arched backwards.  Wanna guess where it landed?  You guessed it, right on poor little G35.  Scared the crap out of us. 

That’s enough… we turned around.  We turned around right at the freeway which was totally under water.  The Texas DPS troopers were trying to figure out what to do.  They had a ton of stranded motorist to deal with.  It was a bad scene.

So we all went back to Stacey’s house and had a “slumber” party.  Fifteen 30 and 40 somethings snoring away… 

 

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  • A few years ago when I was living in San Antonio we got 24 inches of rain in one night.  The Olmos dam (which in my memory has never had water on either side of it) actually overflowed.  That was some rain.  I know exactly what you're talking about..

  • UPDATE:  I knew I got a lot of rain today, but I didn't know how much until I watched the news tonight.  Apparently the rainfall totals ranged from 7-12 inches across the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex.  Dallas took the brunt.  We're supposed to get more tonight.

    24 inches in one night?  Wow!!!  I'm guessing the Edwards Aquafer enjoyed that unless it was all south of the recharge zone.

  • I know EXACTLY how you feel... I live just south of you near 820 and Rufe Snow. :)  Definitely not as much in North Richland Hills as there was in Keller, but it was enough, nonetheless.

  • We got slammed pretty hard in Temple (about 2 hours south of you).  We caught the tail end of the storm and we still got like 3 or 4 inches of rain.  My pool is very thankfull (and almost overflowing).

  • So...go to Kevin Remde's house.  He says has the goodies and you won't see that sort of rain here.  (Okay...so you may see that many inches of snow this time of year, but snow won't take your paint off or threaten to wash you down the road.)