Sunday, August 28, 2011

Batten Down the Hatches

...'cause Irene's on her way:
To be fair, Irene's just a tropical depression now, no longer a category 1 hurricane, so let's skip the melodrama that's pervasive in all of the newscasts.  Our farm is located within the first circle.  We've already got some impressive easterly winds this morning, but nothing we haven't experienced before.

Over the next 24 hours, we're supposed to get up to 80 mm of rain, that's a little over 3", and experience winds gusting up to 90 km/h, which is about 55 mph.

According to the radar loop, the storm is heading due north, so we're going to see the rain start mid-morning or so.

Don't know about you, but I'm happy it's rain and not snow!

 ...and here we are a few hours later.  It has been pouring all day long - thankfully our ground is quite dry, and we haven't heard the sump-pump outside turn on once yet.  For sure it will later, though.  The wind's been steady throughout the day, and not as gusty as I had expected.  The power flickers a bit, but everything's still up and running.

We'll see how things progress as the evening wears on.


Ron said...

Hmmmm... snow doesn't sound too bad to me right now. :)

Robin said...

I second the snow as I am tired of being too bloody hot. :) Hopefully you don't float away up there.

Shim Farm said...

Well...I don't know about snow just yet. We've just gotten back to "normal" temperatures from the heat-wave all of us seem to be experiencing. I'm sure we'll have frost within a month, so don't go wishing for the nasty stuff, it'll come in due course. The later, the better! LOL...

In the end, we ended up having 56 mm of rain; that's about 2.25". Lots of downed trees in our general area, but we didn't lose power once. That's practically a miracle since we're prone to outages.

In looking over the rain stats for the month of August, we've had a whopping 223 mm of rain, that's nearly 9" of rain! Looks like we beat Vancouver this August.

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