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Re: Re: Re: 4.5 rain overnight

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Posted by Hal/WA on May 16, 2003 at 19:13:45 from (

In Reply to: Re: Re: 4.5 rain overnight posted by Tom A on May 16, 2003 at 03:30:33:

I spent some time at the National Fire Academy, which is near Emmitsburg. Near the campus there was a stream with a low dam about 150 feet across, which made a nice pond. When I first looked at the dam, water was trickling over most of the length of the dam about 1/2" deep. I thought it was odd that they would make a dam set up to overflow the whole length of the dam, rather than just having a spillway.

Then one night we had a thunderstorm. I have never in my life seen it rain that intensely for more than a few minutes. The rain continued most of the night, but it was nice in the morning. I knew it had rained a lot and went down to see how the dam was doing. What I saw was a RIVER, with water passing very fast over the entire width of the dam and with the depth over the dam at least 2 feet! I was impressed, and understood why the dam was built as it was.

I live in Eastern Washington which gets 12 to 16 inches of precipitation per year. We get some thunderstorms with heavy rain, but nothing like I saw in Maryland. Of course, we also deal with a lot less HUMIDITY.

Another difference: At home, when it is hot and it rains hard, the temperature drops 20 to 30 degrees within a few minutes; During the storm in Maryland, it stayed very warm, probably over 80 degrees. I went out in it wearin swimming trunks for awhile. Sure never would do that at home!

I sure have enjoyed that part of the country the couple of times I have been there. Everything is so green and lush..... I don't like the humidity though. I bet it is hard to get anything done outside in the afternoons during the summer. Good luck dealing with the heavy rain--hope your drought is over.

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