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  • Hermine is a tropical threat on the horizon

    The reports and pictures out of Texas this morning are terrifying.  Over 15 inches of rain and 8 tornadoes spawned by the remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine! 

    It’s just a reminder that even a Tropical Storm can do tremendous damage in a very short period of time.  Texas residents know Tropical storm damage very well.  Back in 2001, Tropical Storm Allison dropped 40 inches of rain around the Houston area, flooded 70,000 homes and killed 41 people.  It’s a good reminder that it doesn’t have to be a hurricane to cause major problems and threaten lives and property.

    What’s left of  Hermine will continue to bring the threat for heavy rain and possibly tornadoes through the Central Plains and up through the Midwest.  Parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas have gotten over a foot of rain, and it’s still coming down.    Flash flood watches and warnings are up for several states:

    We’ll also see the threat for stormy weather through the northern and western plains as a system moves out of the Rockies, and brings heavy rain, strong winds, hail and isolated tornadoes. 

    South of this area, winds will howl across the four corners including Colorado where crews are still trying to contain that massive fire over Boulder.  Fire danger will be high over the central and southern Rockies over the next few days.  It’s going to be very tough for firefighters to deal with the extremely dry and windy conditions where that massive wildfire continues to burn and threaten more homes.    Red flag warnings and fire watches are up right now.

    In the tropics, Tropical Storm Igor is still way out in the Atlantic.   The forecast still calls for Igor to become a hurricane this weekend, and won’t be a threat to land until possibly early next week.  However, a new threat that isn’t even named yet has got my interest peaked.  It’s a strong wave near the Windward Islands  that computer models are now starting to develop in the next few days.  This system could be a threat to the Caribbean, and possibly Florida or the Gulf Coast states next week! 

    Lots of stuff happening in weather these days which is keeping me very busy!  Hope you’re all doing well – I know we have a few regular posters that live in Texas,  so please let us know how you are doing!


George P. "Pete" Duane, Jr.

Have lost too many family people to Intestinal Cancer when the Drs. did not know what it was. Now, Down, my first and best friend has lung cancer and starting treatment. Cancer is a Monster.

September 20, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Margie Gacki

Hey folks, I got busy yesterday & didn't get a chance to check in during the afternoon. I totally redesigned the online store on my web site, which was a pain! It took me a week & a half but I finally got it done. Now hopefully people will buy things! I just wanted to mention that Don called yesterday. He's in Baltimore & it looked like he would need more surgery. He had to go by ambulance & not by air, so that was unpleasant. He has a lot of pain so hopefully they can figure things out. Margie

September 10, 2010 at 8:49 am

robert v sobczak

These are the ones that metasize into mid latitude disturbances. The weather is one big soup bowl ... or something like that. BTW, you're on the blogroll of my hydrology journal.

September 9, 2010 at 9:11 pm


Hey,thanks everybody for your concerns.Everything is going to be up and waiting for insurance adjuster.Just called and said it will be Monday before he come down.Living room does'nt look to pretty with water on my new wood floors and a hole in the ceiling tile.Don still keeping you in our prayers.Good night everybody.BG.

September 9, 2010 at 7:14 pm


Hi every one. We got about 8 inches of rain and wind. The tornadoes were not by us in Dallas. We did hear the sirens Today is 87 sunny and very humid they are calling for rain tonight. Gwen tell ya daughter-in law congrats. Margie please tell Don I am praying for him. Hope all have a great and safe day. AJ enjoy your vacation. PJ

September 9, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Gwen in Mississippi

Hmmm...not too sure what happened. I got booted out as I tried to finish my thought. Anyway, my best to AJ and my thoughts are with BG and PJ. Big news for us...our daughter-in-law (the dance teacher) has been invited to send dancers to appear in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC. They are so excited!!! 3 of her dancers will be in the opening number of the Parade. They're busy getting donations for the trip. Wish I could go, but somebody has to stay home & keep the kids! GWen :)

September 9, 2010 at 2:44 pm

A.J. De Young

Hi From Atanta everyone, what a difference this weather feels like compared to San Diego, I feel like I cant' breathe, yet inside restaurants and homes they keep a/c so I am always wearing a sweater and a heavy one at that. Its great visiting with old friends and sharing memories together and they have cute dogs too. Prayers for Don and for all those Texans and in Boulder Co. AJ

September 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Gwen in Mississippi

Hi JD and all. I've been MIA for several days...trying to do a 3-day payroll in 2 days due to Monday off. Well, I got her done! So upsetting to see that Don just can't seem to catch a break with regards to his health. I know he has grown so weary of fighting this battle. My thoughts and prayers are with him. Also have had our TX blogging friends on my mind. I wish you could blow some of that over to us. We need rain desperately...just not that much at one time. AJ have fun in TN/NC...

September 9, 2010 at 2:38 pm


We live near Killeen in Copperas Cove. Things are still soggy here but we're slowly drying! I'm thankful we didn't have as much damage as Killeen and surrounding areas did. I drove through Killeen to get to Temple and saw damage even from highway 190 and I-35. Thanks to a drainage system put in our yard after the flood in March '07, water didn't make it into our house again. Most of my backyard was under water, though, and a river was running down our street & sidewalk.

September 9, 2010 at 1:26 pm

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