>> Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Well, after last weekend's 5 inches of heavy, thick, wet snow...
and temperatures since then building to yesterday's delightfulness...
we have a lot of WATER. EVERYWHERE!!
The customary trouble spots in the roads are under water, the rivers are thoroughly swollen, and like usual, the lower school ground is under a few feet of water.
Check out the whirlpool on the left-hand side.
Here's a close-up of the swirling vortex where the water is being drained down through the culvert that leads the water under the road. The diameter is only about a foot and a half, but the suction is incredible. It sounds pretty scary.
You can see the weeds and tall grasses that generally mark the edge of the school yard just to the upper right of the drain. This is normally just a marshy, soggy, little creek-bed for most of the year.
On the other side of the road, the generally dry pasture with a tiny little creek that dries up every summer looks like this:
The run-off becoming a wild, rushing tributary to the river that cuts a course just beyond the trees in the background.
There's rain and cooler temps in the forecast now for the next few days, so it will be a while before this water disappears, but it is really amazing how fast things can change. In the morning the river a mile west of our house had risen well over its banks and the bridge directly south of the school yard (just a few hydro poles south down the same road, actually) was completely under water. By the time I came home from work, the bridge was dry again and the river was back within its banks with massive ice chunks sitting high and dry in the field and among the trees. That always kind of blows me away.
How does spring look in your neck of the woods?