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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That Sounds Good, But

99.35% of your customers in power sounds really great, until you realize that with a customer base the size of Houston, that means, 15000+ are without power….

A little piece here, a little piece there... a piece of Houston, perchance...

Bonus points if you can name the movie I’m misquoting. Hint: They’re lyrics, and substitute three European countries to correct the quote.

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Reminds Me of an Old Movie

You know the one, WWII, where someone’s standing in a street, shooting at a strafing plane and the bullets from either wing-mounted gun go right to either side of him? I think Patton did that? Well, that’s Houston right now, between the rain-band guns of Harvey’s strafe.

Bang! Pow! Zowiee!

(as always, click to enlarge).

The strong/weak banding is saving our butts; it’s giving the ground time to recover. Frankly, I napped through the last bit of rain shown here, but the Harris County Flood Control District says I didn’t miss much. On the other hand, most of Corpus Christi would liked to have taken it as easy as I have (other than some stupid running around in it this morning).

And that's just the rain...

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What A Difference Six Hours Makes (Updated)

Well, technically, within seconds of my shutting the computer off last night, the first tornado warning was sounded for far southwest Harris County. I got up almost two hours ago to do some last-minute “should-have-been-done-yesterday” stuff, and took this snapshot of the 12 hour rainfall then:

several inches in SW Houston, but within minutes...

Areas just off the map to the west and south had 6-8″ overnight, but within minutes, a squall line arrived, and it started here. Unfortunately, when I started this post about 7:40 this morning, I was concentrating on the southwest, and clipped this picture too small.

Clearing... and one of the two working red lights we found.

Not particularly impressive, but then I was kind of busy driving. I literally had to dodge two downed trees and drive through several places with curb-high water. The pictures I managed to take were after the squall line passed through, and I could, you know, see to drive. But here’s the reality… look at the rainfall totals around BW8 and I-10 East (my neck of the woods), compared to two hours ago… and bear in mind that it really happened in thirty minutes.

Fortunately, the bayous are handling it for now.

What came through here, and why the rainfall in a hurricane is always a crapshoot:

Notice the big gap? It will move....

They’re talking about up to 40″ of rain in isolated areas, because no one knows where these gaps will be, nor the squall lines, nor where the storm is going to go after the next two days. For comparison, Houston normally averages 50 inches in a year.

Storm totals so far, from NOAA:

So far, not all it's cracked up to be, but not a yawner either. Still hurricane force winds, and it's stalling.

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