June 28, 2006

Fire & Rain

It's been raining something fierce here on the East Coast. The River Inez (rhymes with Your Highness) flows freely in our backyard. Many a basement has succumbed to the deluge. Having experienced that unwelcome intrusion, I feel fortunate ours has stayed dry ever since our drain problem was solved (knock on wood). A few area homes have actually been condemned due to the damage caused by high water. I won't even get started on the havoc flooded and damaged roads have caused with our traffic, insane even when the weather is dry.

My sister lives in Sedona, Arizona. From her apartment window, she reports a view of flames on the nearby mountain ridge. The smoke from those intense fires fills the air everywhere, irritating her eyes and causing a raspy cough as the conflagration destroys all it encounters.

These conditions amplify to me just how far apart we are, in a physical sense. I wish I could send even a fraction of the foot of rain our area has received out her way. Something tells me they'd appreciate it more.

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12 comments:

Gina said...

Now excuse me for being a flaming liberal, but has anybody ever seen such crazy, not normal weather in recent memory? Or even far memory?

My husband likes to say that I blame everything on global warming, but flooding in the Northeast in June? And recently, our humidity levels are rivaling everyone else's. It's supposed to be a dry heat, dammit.

the only daughter said...

Glad you guys are dry.

Hoping all affected, too wet, too dry, too smoky get relief, soon.

sporksforall said...

Indeed, the idea of lots of rain sends me into a "I wish I lived somewhere else" funk. And then I remember the humidity. And the sweat. Dry's ok.

Gunfighter said...

I don't live too far from you (less than15 miles, I'd say) but we (in Woodbridge) have stayed relatively high and dry. The Potomac is less than a mile from our house, but we are high enough not to have any real issues... not even on our roads.

Jennifer said...

Have you, by chance, seen "An Inconvenient Truth" yet? I'm planning to this weekend, even though it scares me more than just a little.

Our years long drought conditions resolved themselves in one month's time. Insanity.

weese said...

i suppose building an arc would be over the top huh.

Eyes said...

Nature haths its fury. Whew! How horrible for the both of you. Too much or too little never works. Balance is so essential.

We've been getting buckets of rain, too -- but thankfully no flooding. We are just sopping wet, soaked and drenched. My garden is crying out MOLD be gone!

Here is wishing you dryness and your sister moisture :)

scout said...

The distribution of weather in the world is very much like the distribution of wealth; if we could all just share whatever we have too much of, everyone would be better off.

Having seen An Inconvenient Truth, any weird weather nowadays does freak me out a bit. We had a wind storm a couple of days ago that made L.A. seem like a giant furnace.

scout said...

The distribution of weather in the world is very much like the distribution of wealth; if we could all just share whatever we have too much of, everyone would be better off.

Having seen An Inconvenient Truth, any weird weather nowadays does freak me out a bit. We had a wind storm a couple of days ago that made L.A. seem like a giant furnace.

KMae said...

We have a creek out back that overflows & our basement has flooded in the past. Thank GOD it is not (YET!) I thank God everytime those sump pumps work. But when the electricity goes off, that's when we hold our breath.

Weese, that was funny! hehe.

Liz said...

The rain has been just tragic up here in Frederick County. I can tell you I thought of you when I saw all the flooding in Alexandria. I'm glad you and yours are all safe. Hope your sister is as well.

Here's to a hot and humid weekend! *clink*.

TDharma said...

glad to hear you've escaped personal flooding.

the weather is wonky everywhere....dharmabums getting sizzlied in the pacific northwest--unreal!