To make us all feel better about the cold snap we just survived, here are some images from the Northeast yesterday:
Somehow 35 degrees doesn’t seem that bad after all!
We did just that on Friday. Hurricane Harvey meandered by us about 80 miles or so offshore, heading NNW towards the Corpus Christi area. Fortunately the impact on us was minor, with a couple of wind gusts and about 1/2 inch of rain. Not too far north though, Harvey caused some serious disruptions and even further north, devastation to Rockport/Fulton where landfall was made. We pray for everyone in that area.
Since coming ashore, Harvey has stalled and is wandering around South Central and Eastern Texas, deluging greater Houston, Victoria and the surrounding areas. Even in Austin and as far away as Dallas, the rain is coming down. South Western Louisiana is also bracing for the downpour. Record rainfall will lead to widespread flooding and consequent damage. Our prayers also go out to all those who are being pummeled by the rain and being flooded out.
Last night we finally got some rain. Unfortunately it came with 60 mph winds, hail, thunder and lightening. According to my nextbook radar app., Arroyo City was hit around 9pm with a severe storm. There were reports of golf ball size hail, high winds and torrential downpour from the storm which moved through at 30 mph. At our end of the Arroyo we escaped the full fury with light hail only and no damage. We pray others were as fortunate.
These photos are not of the storm – they are illustrative only.
Yesterday a cold front moved into the valley in the early hours of the morning. The temperature plummeted and the wind howled. Winter has arrived! Today has been chilly to frigid and despite the sunshine, the wind cuts through everything, so it remains arctic feeling.
I know those winter Texans out there are saying this is nothing compared to the northern prairies or Canada but, newsflash, this is Tropical South Texas. We locals can complain – we were in the 80’s less than a week ago. Nevertheless this too shall pass and within a day or two we’ll be back in shorts basking in the sun.
In the meanwhile, be sure to keep the dogs inside, bring in the pot plants and leave those outside faucets dripping or covered up to keep the water in the pipes moving. This morning we had a thin sheet of ice on the dock where the faucet was dripping.
“Morning in the bowl of night hath flung the stone which put the stars to flight” Omar Khayyam.
This morning we awoke to dense fog blanketing the Arroyo – a calm and quiet time. We saw this lonely crab trap buoy floating serenely off the dock.
When the mercury rises in China, people (as in the rest of the world) take to the pool to cool off. Since China is such a populous nation, the pool is bound to get a little crowded!
We hope they enjoyed themselves and got a little respite from the heat.
It looks like most of the valley got some welcome rain today. However, here on the Arroyo we were not so fortunate. We had plenty of spectacular cloud formations and storms came really close but ……….