14 May 2006

April... Er, May Showers

So... it's been raining for basically two days straight now. Now, aside from the jaunts to and from church this morning, this hasn't really affected me very much. However, there are some people that it's going to affect rather severely. From a weather.com severe weather report:

MAJOR FLOODING AND IN SOME CASES... RECORD FLOODING...IS FORECAST TO OCCUR ON SEVERAL RIVERS IN NORTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS AND SOUTH CENTRAL NEW HAMPSHIRE WITH VERY SLOW RECESSIONS ANTICIPATED AFTER THE CRESTS EARLY THIS COMING WEEK.

ANOTHER 2 TO 5 INCHES OF RAIN IS ANTICIPATED TO FALL BETWEEN 6 PM THIS SUNDAY EVENING AND NOON MONDAY ACROSS ESSEX COUNTY OF NORTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY OF SOUTH CENTRAL NEW HAMPSHIRE. THIS WILL RAISE 3 DAY STORM TOTALS IN PARTS OF THESE TWO COUNTIES TO NEARLY 15 INCHES IN AT LEAST A FEW LOCATIONS.


I mean... 15 inches?! That corresponds to something like twelve feet of snow, pound for pound! Even more remarkable than that, from the NOAA's Weather Reports (select "Record Event Report", "Boston Logan", "Most Recent", and hit 'Go'):

RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
840 PM EDT SUN MAY 14 2006

...SUCCESSIVE RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM RAINFALLS SET AT BOSTON...

A RECORD RAINFALL OF 3.84 INCHES WAS SET AT BOSTON SATURDAY MAY
13TH. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 1.56 SET IN 2002.

A RECORD RAINFALL OF 3.36 INCHES WAS SET AT BOSTON TODAY SUNDAY MAY
14TH. THE PREVIOUS RECORD FOR MAY 14TH WAS 1 INCH SET IN 1882.


I mean... three times the previous rainfall record for May 14th? And this report is from 8:40 tonight; it's now almost 11, and rain has been falling steadily all evening. I doubt it'll hit four inches here, but still... this is crazy!

Update (5/15/06 3:45PM): Looks like quite a few people further north in New England have been affected by significant flooding and states of emergency have been declared in MA, NH, and ME. For those of you who pray, these folks could definitely use it.

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