Posts Tagged ‘Drought’

Watery Wednesday #103: Foster Falls

September 1, 2010

Foster Falls, South Cumberland State Recreation Area, Tennessee. August 5, 2006.

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We’ve had a very hot and dry summer here on the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee.  This has brought back memories of the severe drought we had in this are in 2006 – 2007.

The picture above was taken in August, 2006, and is of Foster Falls.  Foster Falls is one of the largest waterfalls (in terms of volume of water) in the state, but on this visit there was barely a trickle of water.

The pool did capture a nice reflection, however.

Rain!!!

October 9, 2008
Rain in our rain gague.  October 8, 2008..

Rain in our rain gague. October 8, 2008..

The picture above is absolutely beautiful!

I’ll admit that it’s really not something spectacular — just a picture that I took Wednesday afternoon of the rain gauge on our deck.  After weeks of being bone dry, this picture actually shows water in the gauge.

It started to sprinkle late Tuesday afternoon and continued off and on until early Wednesday afternoon.  It never did rain real hard — at least while I was awake — but we ended up with about 1.8 inches of rain.  This is the first rain we’ve had in over six weeks.

We usually would have some runoff after getting that much rain in 24 hours, but I could see no signs at all of runoff around the house.  I guess that’s an advantage of having a slow rain.  Of course we need another 2 or 3 inches to get caught up for the year, but this rainfall sure was nice.

Fickle Fay

August 25, 2008
Tropical Storm Fay over Florida

Tropical Storm Fay over Florida

Tropical Storm/Hurricane Fay was certainly one for the record books — four landfalls in Florida over the course of a week and 30+ inches of rain in some areas. It was absolutely unbelievable.

Betsy’s cousin Bonnie lives in Melbourne, Florida, and they got plenty of rain from Fay. Betsy did a blog on the river flowing through the street where Bonnie and her husband live. If you haven’t read that blog you can do so by clicking HERE.

For the first day or so after Fay landed on the mainland of Florida the forecasters were expecting it to move north. We were really excited about that possibility up here in dry Tennessee — we need the rain!

But then Fay stalled and stayed over Florida, and stayed and stayed and stayed. All that rain where they didn’t need any more! It was enough to make a grown man (me) cry!!!

Finally Fay started to move — WEST!!! The Florida panhandle, Georgia, and Alabama got rain and more rain. We got nothing.

Fay, by now a depression, finally moved north yesterday — toward Memphis and west Tennessee. Memphis has had above normal rainfall this year!

Up here on the Plateau we really need the rain — we’ve had less than 0.05 inches so far this month. If only Fay had come this way! Why are women so fickle?

Who Put the Holes in the Rain Clouds?

July 27, 2008


Does anyone know a rain dance?  If so, I’d like to meet you.

We’ve been in a drought here on the Plateau for the past two years.  I’ll admit that last year was much worse than this year, but it’s still frustrating.

Last weekend we had, according to the weather men on TV, a 100% chance of rain.  It poured to the north, east and south of us.  It rained to the west of us, but we (Crossville reporting station) got exactly nothing.  This past Thursday afternoon weather radar showed Crossville directly between Knoxville and a storm in central Kentucky.  The sky overhead here got dark and parts of Knoxville got so much rain that there was flooding in the streets.  We got enough rain to make the driveway damp, but that was it.

Betsy is quite an avid weather-watcher and has a big weather radar on her computer desktop.  She always spots rain heading our way and tells me about it.  But as more and more of those storms bypass us, poor Betsy gets more and more discouraged.

I’m ready to try that rain dance.  We definitely need the rain.