our part of the thirsty panhandle of texas got a much needed dousing of rain last night. according to the agn, little a-town received 1.68 inches of rain between 8 p.m. and midnight. that set a new record for rainfall for the date 11-11. the rain fell at a rate of 2-3 inches and hour. not having a sewer system of course the underpasses flooded all along I-40 an I-27. there was even a "flash flood" warning for the city. weather bug indicates we've received an additional 2.11 inches of moisture since midnight. at least some of that fell over the lake meredith watershed. sadly it still has about 60 feet to gain back to previous levels.
There was lots of lightning and thunder with the storm. the local weather guys had predicted some accumulation of snow in the northwest panhandle with perhaps a dusting of snow here in town. i kept hearing thunder and seeing flashes of lightning as i raised up throughout the night. imagine my surprise when i woke this morning to the visions in these pictures taken around 6:30 a.m.
local weather celebrity "doppler dave" o. is always going on about "thunder snow". apparently it is a fairly rare phenomenon. i had know idea that, from about 4 o'clock on, what i was hearing was not a thunderstorm but honest-to-goodness 'thunder snow". it continued to snow all morning long, huge, heavy, wet flakes and not the dried up crap snow we usually get around here. the net agn indicated 1.5 inches of snow by "press time". my guess is 4 to 6 inches. the weight of all that heavy snow resulted in the cottonwood out front losing several limbs. by report, such was the case with trees all over town.
it just goes to show, these weather guys don't know anything for sure. a weather forecast in nothing more than an educated guess and in my mind wrong as often as not. . mother nature very often is of a different bent and 100 times out of 100 she will exert her will no matter what "doppler dave" and the other weather gurus around town have to say.
this weather fan would add only this-- you go girl! aio