A Little Scouting

Apologies in advance for the terrible quality of these photos. They were taken on an iPhone 6, from inside my car, and often by my brother, on the move. It wasn’t safe to get out or even stop much of the time; there’s a surprising amount of people trying to get from point A to point B today. Or parked at C because that can’t get to A or B.

EDIT: Ok, I hate the iPhone and Microsoft. I’m rotating every photo BEFORE I upload it–which WordPress then compresses it to the small size you see in the post. Most are cropped too. That works fine. Despite that, when you click for the full-size version to be downloaded to your computer, it returns to the sideways format –which I already rotated, dammit! From some experimenting, it seems the real problem is not on my website; it’s that the photos are encoded on some level to tell YOUR system the proper, original orientation. And no, I don’t know how to fix that, or tell you to turn that feature off.

About two blocks from my house, a small tributary of Greens Bayou. I'ts about a foot from reaching the road, and I figure it will.

About a mile away, bridge over Greens Bayou. Notice the cars on both sides.

A little more on that picture. It’s the location of Gage 1610 from the Harris County Flood Control district. Below is the stream elevation data — this is now the third worst recorded level ever; exceeded only by the two tropical storms Allison (yes, there was an earlier one in 1989, and it sucked too).

Four more days of this?

Further upstream, Greens Bayou at Woodforest, facing south.

This is an unnamed bayou on Uvalde, just north of the fire station.

Uvalde at I-10, facing west

Unfortunately, I couldn’t safely get a good photo of all the trucks stuck on I-10; the feeder road is literally a parking lot. (What you see here is duplicated on the east side, though not on the eastbound feeder road.) They’re trapped by I-10 and Beltway 8 interchange being underwater on one side, and Greens Bayou covering I-10 on the other. The Home Depot is quite busy, although Ace Hardware was still closed. Academy at Market and I-10 was closed, which isn’t surprising as Greens Bayou is only a few feet from its backside.

All in all, not particularly spectacular, but the real reason is that I can’t GET anywhere the spectacular flooding is, well, the spectacular flooding. And I don’t want to waste the gas to try, given that we’ve got maybe five more days of this coming.

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Metro stopped bus and train service, unsurprisingly. Harris County Toll Road Authority has waived all tolls until further notice. This would matter more if anyone could USE the toll roads.

List of roads with high water (get your scroll wheel ready):

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Never Wish For Something

You just might get it. Well, the press has real stuff to report on now…

A lot different from yesterday

Going to catch up on the overnight news and see what’s underwater. More later,

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Under the Gun

1 hour rainfall total, per NOAA radar. FYI, I’m located about the “u” in “Houston”

If they're rain bands, why isn't their training more musical?

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Tornado warning

From radar, headed right into my area. 3 inches of rain in the last hour. Things are getting real now. Greens Bayou (my main concern) has flood warnings upstream. the rain is moving up the watershed, making for the exact scenario I discussed yesterday== by the time it gets down here, there’s no where for it to go.

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I don’t know if it’s my computer, my connection, or the load on various sites, but I’m starting to have trouble getting the Harris County Flood Control District and Weather.com to load.

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Now This is A Bit More Like It

Well, it stopped strafing to either side...

Note that this is the ONE hour rainfall totals through southwest Houston.

If only Harvey had stayed an invisible rabbit...

I mean, I’m not wishing anyone harm or distress, but this has been much ado about nothing in my area. I got tired of the media obsessing over ONE tornado, ONE death, ONE damaged house, ONE damaged truck, ONE wrecked business. Reminded me of Ike, where all the different TV reporters would stand in front of the Balinese Ballroom in Galveston. It was the only debris pile they could get to, and the anchors almost sounded desperate to find mass destruction to put on the air.

God, I wish I could get Houblog back up to link those posts, and you could see the difference in the tension.

Anyway, I’ve got lightning and thunder approaching, and something resembling a bad weather event. And who knows what the next four days will bring? Count my blessings dammit; I’ve always known (since a little incident in my college days) that the media is NOT one of those.

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