August 27, 2012

Eye See Isaac

The big thing now is that every kid wants to be a meteorologist or every parent wants their kid to be one, because you can be way way wrong and not get fired.

As one kid put it, "If you get the weather right, you have a job. If you get the weather wrong, you have a job."

And it's not that they were wrong per se, because we did get the Tropical Storm they predicted, but they were wrong in the fact that nobody knew we were going to get 50 year record highs of rain.

How wrong were the weather folks? So wrong that they advised the school districts to keep the schools in session. Which wasn't a problem, until we got hit full on with a crap load of rain and lightening... for hours... and hours... and hours... and by 1AM someone made the command decision to close the schools.

1AM. When we're all sleeping. And planning to get up and get our kids to school because that's what they all told us before we went to bed... when the decision was made.

I had already made my own decision at Midnight. At midnight my husband and I were awakened with our room lit up like a dang Christmas tree. We got out of bed and did our normal, "Hurricane walk". It's what we do... we roam the house, looking out the windows, checking the corners of the house for leaks, checking ceilings and windows.

My husband looked at me and said, "Did you see this coming?" It had been so downplayed we were stunned by the vast torrential downpour. I mean, it was a 'you can't see outside' downpour. I went onto one of the local news station's websites and it said we were getting 175 bolts of lightning a minute.

I said to my husband, "He's only been driving for 18 months. I have no clue what shape the roads are going to be in after this and what kind of debris we're talking about. I'm driving them in..."

We were out of bed getting ready for work when the phone rang at 6AM saying the schools were closed. We were one of the lucky ones. Some folks didn't get that call until they were already at the bus stops.

We live in FL. We're used to bad weather. Parents showed up to school. I personally was going to check the news sites anyways because when we woke up, it was still nasty out and I couldn't believe they were going to put the buses out in it.

Whatever. It was a mess.

Our roads are flooded. A road has collapsed. (I do not live in the community I linked. I am high and dry... I planned it that way 17 years ago.) And what it boils down to is we got 13 inches of rain in 24 hours and our infrastructure is struggling.

We didn't expect it. Nobody did.

And so to the people in the line of this storm, take warning. Get your supplies and don't underestimate it. It may not bring you a scary wind, but it will bring you more rain than you have seen in your life. We hit a 50 year high.

I guess we're about to see the Army Corps of Engineers put their money where their mouths are in NOLA.

And if it's going to hit as a Cat 2... Holy frickin' Crap.

I see dead people.

Posted by Boudicca at August 27, 2012 10:43 PM

We're battened down and ready. And watching the radar earlier, it looked like that band that drenched you moved off into the Atlantic. Fingers crossed for that anyway.

It's midnight here, and we're just getting breezes and a sprinkle here and there. But stay ready, you know?

Posted by: Mrs. Who at August 28, 2012 12:13 AM

we didn't get as much rain as you did, but it rained pretty much non-stop for Sunday night (midnight or so) until 2p yesterday.

I was relieved to see our bucket system in the attic kept the water stain in the kid's bedroom from growing.

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at August 28, 2012 07:51 AM

This hurricane is a piece of cake. I fired up my generator, bought five extra cans of gasoline, brought in all the wind chimes, etc, stacked all my porch furniture against the wall. We have a slight wind and a gentle shower now and then. What a disappointment!

Seriously, I feel like we've dodged a bullet here in the ancient city of Pensacola. And I'm looking at the bright side. Many of those areas in the mid west are about to see their drought end abruptly. But before it happens the residents of NOLA are going to feel like they're drinking out of a fire hose.

Posted by: Angus of Jura at August 28, 2012 09:01 AM

Even if 13 inches of rain was expected, there isn't much of anything that can be done about it. Only so much can be engineered and accommodated physically then the problems start. No matter where I've lived there have been floods periodically. Those floods result in collapsed roads, people either stuck in cars trying to drive through places they shouldn't, or flooded basements you name it. Depending on the weather system it can happen over the course of days or in a concentrated downpour. (in the 90's Aurora IL got 17 inches of rain in 24 hours - an inland record. Talk about nowhere for the water to go, they are about 40 miles from Lake Michigan and flat as a pancake. It was a total mess)

Glad to hear they cancelled school so you didn't have to go driving about in all the mess.

From what I can gather via the news stories on the web, the governors of the states in the threat area are taking it seriously and moving early to have things in place. It doesn't keep the storm from hitting but hopefully it keeps more people safe.

Posted by: Teresa at August 28, 2012 09:04 AM

The wind, yes. But we certainly didn't expect the amount of rain... for two days. It just never let up!

We've only been here for 10 years, but there water was collected in places never seen before. I knew some records had to be broken...

Posted by: pam at August 28, 2012 10:57 AM

My brother in Tarpon Springs, near Tampa, says they got little wind or rain, bitched about the hype about before the storm and calls the storm a "non-event." I assured him the folks living a few miles west of me would disagree. We got 8 inches in my area, but are on higher ground and had few if any problems.

Posted by: George P at August 28, 2012 11:04 AM

Ha ha. You would never make it in the North in the winter! School is rarely called off the night before. Closings are always decided first thing in the morning.

Posted by: Jilly at August 30, 2012 05:45 PM