Five O'Clock Somewhere

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

40 days and 40 nights

Maybe the next boat I get should be an ark – can I use fiberglass instead of gopher wood?

A few days ago, the northern end of Rio Arriba County hit a milestone. It has rained, at least a little bit and often a whole lot, every day for 40 days and 40 nights. Actually, we’re now moving in on 50, but the real important milestone, at least literarily, is that 40 day mark. Yeah, we’ve had breaks in the weather, especially in the mornings, but every single day, it has rained.

At least Five O’Clock Somewhere is situated on a rocky hillside, so any runoff rushes past. We’re not in danger of flooding here. But elsewhere in New Mexico and West Texas, the story is much direr. Some neighborhoods in Albuquerque have been flooded, and parts of Socorro, and much of Rio Rancho, and a lot of Corrales, and some of Placitas, and low-lying areas of Las Cruces, and some of Roswell, and the entire village of Hatch (although, fortunately, not many of the chile fields). El Paso, in the span of 10 days, got more than twice that city’s annual average rainfall; Zorro’s house had minor damage, and some of his friends took major hits.

The good news about all of this is that this huge amount of rainfall translates into more water going into the lakes, and also less demand by farmers for irrigation water coming out of the lakes. Elephant Butte has considerably more water in it that was originally predicted (see Desert Sea for details), and Heron’s doing all right, too.

The weather here currently: It’s been raining steadily for about the past six hours but is letting up now; we had about an hour of spectacular lightning and thunder four hours ago. There was only a brief power outage toward the beginning of the storm.

No rainbow today; those happen only when the storm breaks up before sunset.


Anonymous plfuego said...

I feel this could be my fault. Last time I was up at 5 o'clock I asked Pat what it would take to fill the lakes, and his answer included the phrase "biblical proportions." Well, here you go!

Thu Aug 17, 07:04:00 AM MDT  
Blogger Pat said...

They laughed in New Mexico when we bought a boat. They laughed when we bought more boats. Now, if things keep falling in place and the waters keep rising, they'll be begging for a place on board.

But, we don't sell tickets to board. People have to earn a spot on board by volunteering to crew for us. If you want to sail the Desert Seas, you'll have to be one of the first to volunteer.

Thu Aug 17, 08:17:00 AM MDT  
Blogger Carol Anne said...

Update: It hasn't rained so far today; if there isn't any rain in the next 18 minutes, this will be the first rainless day in about 50 days.

Thu Aug 17, 11:49:00 PM MDT  
Anonymous AdriftAtSea said...

Do you want more rain or not? I can talk to a weather goddess I know and get you some nice dry weather if you want it. :D

Sat Aug 19, 02:53:00 PM MDT  
Blogger Carol Anne said...

I want rain that fills the lake without falling on it while I'm sailing. In winter, I want snow that falls on the ski slopes but not on my driveway.

Mon Aug 21, 11:51:00 PM MDT  

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