You may have heard on the news that we had record-breaking rain and flooding in San Antonio on Saturday but you probably didn't hear that the whole thing was a big surprise. As of Thursday we had a 20% chance of rain during the following two days which usually means not a chance of rain. I think the weather guys sometimes randomly post 20% chance to keep us from getting bored.
Instead it rained so much our rain gauge couldn't keep up.
It all started with a couple inches of rain on Friday. After the rain, we walked down to the bridge to see the water rush over the rocks. Quite a sight in a typically bone-dry creek.
On Friday night the weather forecast still predicted 20% chance of rain for Saturday so we went to bed thinking the rain was over. It was a surprise to wake up early Saturday morning to the sound of thunderstorms and pounding rain. Ten inches of rain fell, sometimes at the rate of two inches an hour, which is almost half our annual rainfall in just a few hours and nearly a year's worth during the recent drought years.
We spent Saturday at home watching the dry creek rise. The creek floods away from the house so we are fine and so is the garden.
We also kept an eye on the water flowing through the new dry creek in the side yard. As it turns out, it was trenched out just in time for this event and prevented flooding and erosion in the yard.
Because we live at the bottom of a hill, all the water from up the
street flows down our driveway and into the back yard.
On a dry day or normal rainfall it might seem like we should try to capture more of it in the yard, but on days like this we see the importance of having a way for all that water to go into the creek quickly.
As I sat down to write this post on Sunday afternoon, it started to rain again.