The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

4 March 2004

Wrung out

The official Oklahoma City weather station (at Will Rogers World Airport) reported 1.45 inches of rain in January and, again, 1.45 inches of rain in February, a total of 2.90 inches over 60 days, within spitting distance of the normal rainfall for the period.

March, evidently, comes in like a sea lion; 1.19 inches fell between 3 and 4 this morning, with 2.60 so far over the two-day storm period. Normal for the entire month of March is 2.90.

Glad am I that I chose the house upon the hill. (If this place floods, start pairing up your animals, post haste.)

Posted at 6:36 PM to Soonerland


That's nothing. Eagle, Colorado got a tsunami warning today (by mistake, goshdarnit). The news report mentioned how far the place is from the ocean, but the more important consideration is altitude.

Posted by: McGehee at 7:18 PM on 4 March 2004

As weather phenomena go, this was inarguably small-time; still, after a year or so of comparative drought, or "drouth" as they call it back of Gene Stipe's place, it's something of a jolt to see this much rain at once.

Besides, the last thing I want is enough weather to attract Jim Cantore's attention.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:28 PM on 4 March 2004

Yeah, but you can't say that attention from Kristina Abernathy would be unwelcome.

Posted by: David at 7:59 PM on 4 March 2004

We take the weather way too seriously here David, to have it delivered by a handsome woman.

Posted by: Mike at 10:56 PM on 4 March 2004

Just curious--"Will Rogers Airport"?

Didn't he die in a plane crash?

Seems sort of creepy to me.

Posted by: Vickie at 5:19 AM on 5 March 2004

Well, um, yes, he did.

The secondary airport here is named for Wiley Post, who flew that very plane.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:30 AM on 5 March 2004

Memo to self: Plane to Tulsa, bus to OKC.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:20 AM on 5 March 2004

We just got something like 8 inches of snow. I'll trade ya.

Posted by: Erica at 8:53 AM on 5 March 2004

Geez. We've had less than three inches of snow this winter; another eight would put us barely above seasonal norms.

Of course, had it been twenty degrees (Fahrenheit) cooler this week, we wouldn't have had two and a half inches of rain; we would have had two and a half feet of snow.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:42 AM on 5 March 2004

McG: Fly to Dallas/Fort Worth (probably cheaper than flying to Tulsa, due to greater competition at DFW) and take the train from Fort Worth north to OKC.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:45 AM on 5 March 2004

Is it a boogiw-woogie choo-choo train?

Posted by: McGehee at 12:40 PM on 5 March 2004

We had been vacationing in Milwaukee in '84, when they had that decade's rainstorm of the century. Two people drowned, one in her livingroom, and a third might have but someone dove off his porch and swam across his lawn to rescue her.

When we moved up here from Chicago in '97, high ground was a significant consideration in our decision to buy the house.

Posted by: triticale at 1:13 PM on 5 March 2004

I know not how much it boogieth, but here's the scoop.

Posted by: CGHill at 1:20 PM on 5 March 2004

Hey, that is cool! Thanks, Charles.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:50 AM on 6 March 2004

That is one of the 10 signs of being an Okie Vickie, airports are named for dead aviators. One of the other signs is when the tornado sirens go off you go outside to watch the tornado.

Posted by: anstranger at 9:17 AM on 6 March 2004

Well, I admit to being outside during the May '99 carnage that still gets replayed on Storm Stories, but this is due at least largely to the fact that it was pitch dark inside and there was nothing to do but wait for the paranoia level to max out. So screw this, said I, if I'm gonna die, the least I can do is watch it happen, right?

Posted by: CGHill at 9:29 AM on 6 March 2004