The sky is cryin’
I’d say the drought is over. Temporarily, at least.
The continuous rainfall experienced across Southwest Mississippi since Saturday night is expected to continue off and on until Tuesday night, and man, has there been a lot of it. As of 9 a.m. Monday morning, the Weather Underground statistical page for Brookhaven shows the Homeseeker’s Paradise has collected almost 10 inches of rainfall. Flash flood watches and wind advisories remain in effect all day, so don’t think it’s over just because the rain is slacking a little this morning.
After all, this wasn’t just a rain storm: it was the remnants of Hurricane Patricia, the most powerful hurricane to ever spin in the Western Hemisphere. I blew my 12-year-old’s mind yesterday by pointing out the rain falling at our house was from the Pacific Ocean (if that’s not true, don’t tell me). For some perspective, here’s a side-by-side comparison of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Patricia.
Let’s turn back the clock a little: here’s a high-definition video of the storm crossing the U.S. over the last three days, courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Very cool stuff.
Technically, the burn ban is still in effect until the county boards of supervisors meet in November, but I’m sure plenty of folks will violate the ban at Halloween parties across the region now that the ground is good and soaked.