Running on fumes today. Last night we were supposed to get maybe a half inch of rain as forecast on Friday. But, yesterday was incredibly humid and hot, it was like hazy, although there weren't any clouds about. I figured we would get some rain eventually with such soupy conditions.
I went out last night about 10 to check things out, and there was some vivid lightning off to the northwest, and the radar was showing some heavy rain moving in. While we were watching the 10 o'clock news to see what the weather was supposed to be, boom, the power went out. Not surprising considering they happen quite often if the storms come from the west.
About 10 minutes later, we were hit by maybe 40mph winds and really heavy rain, while the lightning and thunder was intense. I watched the trees with my spotlight, and they were getting whipped pretty good. I heard a cracking noise like of breaking timber, but couldn't see anything. I was thinking great, there goes our corn, which is about 5ft tall now, and the tomatoes, which are all over 3ft. I wanted to get our and inspect things, but it just kept raining, but lighter, and the wind let up.
It kept this up until maybe 2:00, with the lightning just dancing, and the thunder seemed to roll for a minute. Just a continuous rolling. I have a walkie talkie with weather radio on it, and we were getting flash flood warnings, but nothing else.Thankfully it calmed down and I managed to get to sleep, my wife didn't, tho.
About 4 I was awoken by crashing thunder, and more vivd lightning. This time it was even more intense, and the wind was blowing the rain hard against the walls. My wife, who is not a fan of storms, is freaking out. I turned on the weather band, and it was a severe t-storm apparently rolling over us. The thunder had a sizzling sound to it, as if the lightning was hitting the hill closeby. That little storm lasted only about 15 minutes, but we got pummeled by wind and heavy rain. My mom, who is here visiting, was in the other bedroom, and was doing OK.
The Mrs went into the kitchen and stepped in some water. Apparently, our back door decided to start leaking and the rain blew in thru either a badly sealed pane of glass or the top of the door. We had to pull up the rugs and mop up the mess. I went back to bed about 4:30, she laid on the couch, with a kerosene lamp on. She put it in the sink for safety sake.
I was out again, and about 6, things were beeping, and the lights popped back on, thank God. I went back to sleep, and was woke up again about 8, but catnapped until I got up at 10.
I heard my wife yell at some deer who had just got into the cuke patch and scared it off, there was just some leaf damage. I went out to the tomato/ pepper patch, and was expecting the worst, but it actually wasn't as bad as I imagined. Some of the tom's were slumped over from being wet and top heavy, but none were actually blown onto the ground. I tied some up to stakes the best I could. The fishing line fence was mostly intact as well.
The corn/bean patch had a few cornstalks leaning over, but not overall not too bad. The fruit trees looked OK as well. There were some big branches laying over the driveway, from a dead tree. Those will need to be cleaned up, might have to get the tractor on that.
This is the third bad storm in as many months. We ended up getting about 2.3" of rain. We had a bad flash flood on May 25, another on June 25, and this one. I hope this isn't going to be a pattern. I'm getting really tired of this. Last night's storms may have been one of the most intense I've ever been through. The duration of the lightning and the constant pounding thunder was tremendous.
We're getting some light rain, but it won't last, it's about 75 and cloudy, so not enough instability for big storms today. We need a break after a crazy night.