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(WTOP)   And let's watch as the East Coast weatherman dial back their thunderstorm of death predictions from "OMG IT'S COMING TONIGHT" to "OMG it's, uh, coming this morning" to "yeah, um, it might rain a little this afternoon, seriously"   ( wtop.com) divider line
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2013-06-13 11:01:56 AM  
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2013-06-13 05:03:09 PM  
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4:33 p.m.: Power outages are becoming a major problem for the entire area, with tens of thousands regionwide in the dark.
4:17 p.m.: The National Weather Service says that confirmed tornadoes have touched down today in Laurel and Olney.4:16 p.m.: Tornado Warnings continue to exist in portions of Anne Arundel, Prince George's and Montgomery counties.
2:35pm: A Tornado Warning is in effect just south of Fredericksburg, VA for Spotsylvania County in VA until 3pm. A funnel cloud was reported with this storm located 3 miles west-southwest of Fredericksburg and just west of I-95. The warning is in effect until 3pm.

So this was not a case of everybody-freak-out-'cause-there's-clouds. Flash flood watches still in effect and thousands without the e-Lectricity.

Now it's bourbon time.
2013-06-13 01:50:53 PM  
1 vote:

AngryJailhouseFistfark: Carn: smoky2010: In CT, we went from really dry to really wet. I think we've had over 12 inches of rain since May 1st.

/ This sucks! When is summer going to start?

We've had a ton of rain here in VA too.  I bought a rain gauge for the garden and it filled up in a week and a half (5").  dumped it out the other day so we'll see where it's at tomorrow.

Yep. We've been planting and potting a whole bunch and a pot left out in the yard had 5" of water in it the other morning. (Also live in FC). Everything is saturated.

On June 29, 2012, El Derecho dropped a tree on my house. I spent 4 months in a rental house while the insurance gomers and my contractor rebuilt the place. Meanwhile, our gardens went to hell because we weren't there to tend them. El Derecho is my enemy.

Yeah, I hear derecho now and I don't screw around. It looked like a farking war zone up in Montgomery County, MD after that one last year. My folks didn't have power for around 2 weeks. We got lucky and only lost power for a day or two, but parts of my neighborhood went weeks as well. Trees were just destroyed everywhere, and plenty of damage to homes. Last night when I heard the forecasts I was frantically stringing up some twine between supports to hopefully give my corn an edge against the winds.

About your garden though... Let me help you for next time/year. I've got two pretty big raised beds and a bunch of potted plants. Next year when you're preparing your gardens, clear/till everything and smooth or shape the soil how you want and then use that thin black plastic fabric that they sell at Home Depot in rolls for weed blocking. It's porous, so it lets water soak through, but will block most weeds. Secure it down, and just cut it open for each plant. That will REALLY limit the amount of weeding you end up needing to do. You can mulch too for asthetics if you please. Not only will it control the heck out of weeds, but also will keep the soil warmer and greatly slow evaporation, reducing the amount of watering you need to do.

Also, go to here and buy yourself a drip irrigation kit and a timer. I spent around $130 the first time I bought a system, but now that I'm more familiar with what I need I could probably do it for more like $80 - $90, and I'm talking about for everything I need for a garden that's around 10'x20'. Connected to an electronic timer (despite their warning that it's designed for bigger systems, I use two of these - one for each garden), and with my garden protected from most weeds, I can literally go for weeks or months without needing to lift a finger to do anything but harvest. If you had started everything off at the beginning of the growing season like that your garden would likely have chugged along just fine without you. You'll also conserve plenty of water, be able to deliver the precise amount you need for each type of plant, not have to worry about someone not watering your plants while you're away on vacation and be able to water your plants early in the morning at the optimal time of day without neeidng to wake up early.

You'll get an occasional spinner that digs through, or a weed or two that grows right next to the veggie's stalk, or around the very, very edge of the garden, but it probably wouldn't do any harm and you could just visit for like 15 minutes and clear all that stuff out once every month or so when you go to pick some veggies or something. Seriously, my gardens are so low maintenance it's almost embarrassing.
2013-06-13 01:45:31 PM  
1 vote:
As in winter, the East Coast freaks out when average Midwestern weather rolls through.
2013-06-13 11:59:23 AM  
1 vote:
Did weather channel name this storm?
2013-06-13 11:56:32 AM  
1 vote:

wxboy: Yes, nothing happened.

[www.spc.noaa.gov image 582x408]

if'n you're into whirly winds, www.ChaserTV.com has a certain infatuation. I saw the Moore tornado develop while Benboywas moving south because the area didn't look productive.
2013-06-13 11:18:52 AM  
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I was in Ft. Wayne last year for the derecho (though I didn't hear that word at the time).  Within 15 minutes, it went from bright and sunny to dark, pounding rain, and winds so high that I thought a flagpole (a big sturdy one) was going to snap off.  I was in a hospital at the time, and when the sky darkened, I headed toward the exit to go close the windows on my car.  By the time I got to the exit, I knew there was no way I was going to set foot outside.

It was at that point that my phone beeped with a tornado warning.  Funny thing is, the hospital knew nothing about it for about another five or six minutes.  I told someone at the front desk and she seemed completely unconcerned, in spite of the Rage of God sky we all could see.  About the time that the storm blew over and the skies were lightening, the hospital got its own warning, at which point they went totally apeshiat insane, shooing everyone away from the windows.  And kept doing that for the next 45 minutes, well after the sun had come back out.  It was OK to be in the cafetria, which opened directly onto the hallway, across which were all glass walls.  Set so much as a toe into the hallway and somebody pounced on you.  Go bureaucracy.

So yeah, please keep giving me warnings that the weather might be severe.  It's OK if you're wrong sometimes.
2013-06-13 11:12:54 AM  
1 vote:
Yes, nothing happened.

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2013-06-13 11:05:55 AM  
1 vote:
In CT, we went from really dry to really wet. I think we've had over 12 inches of rain since May 1st.

/ This sucks! When is summer going to start?
2013-06-13 11:01:12 AM  
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But i was told there was a consensus!!!! Thats how real science works, right? By consensus?
2013-06-13 10:58:46 AM  
1 vote:
In other news, weather systems change rapidly in real time, rendering predictions based on current variables difficult to compute with complete accuracy.
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