Just a Little Rainy Right Now
Posted on July 13, 2015 Posted by John Scalzi 30 Comments
This is my backyard at the moment, illuminated by lightning courtesy of the ridiculous thunderstorms coming through the area, and long exposure times. The big muddy river-looking thing is in fact a small river of water coursing through my yard, put there by a massive downpour that’s overwhelmed the yard drainage system. Don’t worry, we’re fine; we’re on a hill and the land directs water away from the house in any event. But it’s pretty impressive.
Here’s a view looking down toward the road, which at the moment is entirely flooded. Fortunately, we don’t have anywhere to go right now. We’ll stay here in the house and see if the rain lessens any. If it does, by the time we wake up in the morning most of this water should be gone. And if it’s not, well. Good thing I work from home, I guess.
Do you play rock-paper-scissors to see who will paddle into town for more marshmallows?
Actually, I got a box of ten bags of vegan marshmallows delivered just the other day. We’re full up on marshmallows!
Good thing you just got that gravel done on your driveway!
Some people will do anything to get out of Poop-Scooping!
I was wondering if the rainfall was hard enough to wash out some of that fresh gravel.
Hope your new driveway doesn’t get washed away.
BTW, what are vegan marshmallows made of that makes them vegan? Or alternatively, what is in regular marshmallows that a vegan would object to?
I’ve seen that downpour before, Thankfully it wasn’t tonight, although we did have a ton of lightning. Take care and keep inside. No need for going out and roaming until all of that water has moved on to other lands.
So is that a red brick road or…
Also, IIRC, regular marshmallows have gelatin in them, which is made from pigs. But I’m not an expert on this, so I’m open to correction.
Wow. Put it in a box, and ship some to CA, please?
hugh57: Most commercial marshmallows contain gelatin, which is made from bones, hooves, skins and connective tissue of animals. I presume that vegan ones use a seaweed or algae-based gel like agar.
Your pictures are great! That weather calls for a day in bed with cookies 🍪
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uh… why is that picture PURPLE? Is this the second coming of Barneythulu??
Nice post on the severe storms with a cool composite radar image.
Radar shows something bigish heading our way (Toronto) in the next hour or so though I doubt it’s as dramatic as this I’d love to be outside enjoying the ozone and taking photos but alas I am on a conference call most of the day. (Unless the power and/or internet drops)
BTW – I love the top-of-the-page image changes
I agree with Stevethedm, can you send some of that rain to Florida, please? Beautiful pictures and immediately made me think of Rainy Days and Mondays.
VEGAN marshmallows? What’s wrong with our Earth marshmallows, you alien-lover! Imports are bad enough, but from another STAR system!
Looks like your neighbors might not be so sanguine about the river running down the street.
Foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains during mudslide season: A River Runs Through It
Very pretty lit by lightning. Now if someone would just photoshop a shark into the river.
What’s the likelihood that all this rain is just going to wash away the gravel?
It was a little rainy here in the San Francisco Bay Area the other night – some places got 1/10 inch of rain, which is nearly a record for July.
Please send some to California. Thanks.
Just highlights the fact that some building planners don’t think ahead and builds houses on low land causing all kinds of troubles.
But politicians and governmental employees have seldom been known for being the sharpest knives in the box.
Oh, the building planners think ahead all right; they think “We’ll have sold this before it becomes a problem”. The governmental folks at FEMA do try to educate people about flooding, but lots of people simply don’t listen.
Scalzi, I know we’re scary but you didn’t have to install a moat!
i’m over in Columbus, and *seriously*, should we start building an ark or something? [this being a common motif from MANY cultures with roots around Mesopotamia. also parts of the U.S., *so*]