Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Wednesday Forecast/Flood Threats/Rainfall Totals

A lot going on in the Houston area tonight...over the past 2 days, 5 to 6 inches of rain have fallen in Montgomery County/Northern Harris County. Sprink Creek is rising and minor flooding is expected...so there is a Flood Warning for that. All of the area is under a Flood Watch until Wednesday morning and several counties are under Urban and Small Flood Advisories as there is flooding occurring as I write this blog.

So please remember the rule of thumb--Turn Around Don't Drown (if you encounter a flooded roadway). Six inches of rushing water can sweep a person off their feet. One foot of rushing water can pick up and carry away a car.

Right now, there are slow moving lines of storms in the area and at least one Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued in Colorado County.

Wednesday, the rain will taper off in the morning in Houston. The models are backing off some on the return of less humid air. But it still looks like the rain will let up during the day. For the rest of the nation...it's 30s and 40s for the northern states with rain and snow over the Rockies and Pacific Northwest. Also, look for thunderstorms from the Rio Grande Valley northeastward into the Tennessee Valley.

A warning is the most serious type of statement issued by the National Weather Service. It means that type of weather is imminent or happening. In Spanish, this would be advertencia, pronounced ahd-vair-ten-SEE-ah. When the advertencia was issued, the residents stayed in their homes, rather than venture out into the flood waters.

We are waiting to hear if we are award winners from homeschool.com. This is the largest retailer for homeschool education materials. They invited us to enter their contest for best holiday gifts (free of charge). When I asked them where they heard about our DVD, they said they heard from a homeschooler who just raved about our product. We'll know the results come December 1st. So, keep your fingers crossed. We already won the 2008 Dr. Toy Top 10 Educational Product award. So, what a perfect gift this DVD is! You can purchase copies of our award winning DVD, Volume 1 of Let's Learn Spanish with Frank and Paco from www.frankandpaco.com, www.venturaes.com, www.dololanguages.com, www.carlexonline.com,www.thecuriousmindstore.com, www.amazon.com, www.bestbuy.com, and http://www.barnesandnoble.com/.

At right is my list of favorite weather web sites. One that I think you all will find very useful is the Harris County Office of Emergency Management web site. Look for my item called Harris Co. Rainfall Map. There you can find out just how many inches fell for different periods of time.

I am sending out a special prayer request for my cousin who was in a terrible car accident. The good news is she has been moved from the ICU to a regular room. But she is in a lot of pain and her memory is not right. Two occupants of the car were killed. One other was also critically injured. The driver, who was wearing a seat belt, is okay with minor injuries. Please pray for all of them and their families...especially the driver.

Have a safe Wednesday everyone.
Cecilia Sinclair
Wonder Weather Woman

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