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June 25, 2013

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Ran into cloud bursts Monday and Tuesday this week,, we went under a flash flood watch Monday,, like you said raining so hard had to slow down to a crawl.. Been good for the gardens around here thou..

Yep, I am familiar with the concept of a cloud burst.

Anyone ever heard of a toad strangler for a downpour? I remember our Dad saying that once or twice.

God bless.

RB
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It's been wonderfully rainy here in the NC sandhills this Spring. I swear the tobacco in the fields jumped a foot just in the last week. I LOVE the rain and don't much mind thunder, but I've always said, "God can keep the lightning, high winds and hail, if He pleases." Not that He asks me. LOL

We haven't had much but downpours, but a week ago, we did have high winds that took down many trees and left us without power for 30 hours. We lost a few shingles that we had to have replaced, but thank God we had no serious damage.

God bless.

RB
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After reading today's post on CLOUD BURSTS, I want to share an unforgettable childhood experience. It was in August, 1943, when we were awaken before daylight by the loud voice a neighbor. It was my Uncle Jim Robbins, in a very excited voice, telling us, "The Tuckaseegee River is out of banks as a result of a Cloud Burst!"

We joined other neighbors with flashlights and lanterns, making our way to the swollen river bank! Walking along our farmland, we could not see much other than a few cows, chickens, and a GIANT 1000 pound Hog which had been washed ashore on my Dad's farm - which was bounded by the River.

Although it had rained for several days, the Cloud Burst had occurred about ten miles up River. It was with such force it removed large areas of mountain sides along with several homes.

Our little town of East LaPort was damaged by flood waters which measured TWENTY FEET above flood level! The major business in East LaPort was the BLACKWOOD LUMBER COMPANY. This company had steam driven locomotives, one of which carried cargo to Sylvia, NC. The tresels along with the tracks were heavily damaged. Most all the bridges along Highway 107 were washed out.

The most evident long term damage was to homes along the River, which were filled with large amounts of silt. It took a great deal of labor and much time to clean the houses. They had to be repaired and brought back to better conditions.

The memories of this act of Nature will always stay in the minds of those who witnessed it. The "Sylvia Herald News" archives contain many details and photographs of this event.

Jim Wike
Oak Ridge, TN

Well Tipper, you CLOUD BURST topic reminded me of what is going on up in Canada. Those beautiful little cities (i.e. Calgary)are being washed away. Jim and I were there a few years ago - on a 'cross country' train trip! - now it would be so sad to see the results of all that rain!

Eva Nell

All this blossoming has been good for the honeybees. Mine seem to be making lots of honey and new bees, recovering from some effects of CCD, I reckon. I hope we have a bumper honey crop.
We had a cloud burst last evening while the sun was shining. I was hoping for a rainbow, but didn't get one.

Tipper,
Back in the 30's, my daddy and mama
lived in the Nantahala Gorge, just
before you get to the Hewitt's
Quarry. One night just after dark
they heard a rushing water sound
above their house, daddy grabbed
two of my oldest brothers and mama
grabbed the youngest and ran out
on a small ridge. Mama said you
could hear the chickens squawking
as the water took everything down
the holler, including the house.
Daddy called it a gulley-washer
or cloud burst.

In your opening read, the tunnel
5 miles east of Andrews, I've been
inside that thing many times when
I was a kid. It's just behind
Buster Conley's place, across from
the lower end of Red Marble Road.
We fished down Valley River, stole
from folks' gardens and even parched corn between the tracks
inside that tunnel...Ken


Ed-YES I hear that expression on a regular basis from The Deer Hunter LOL!


Blind Pig The Acorn
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I should have previewed my comments. Those were fawns not does prancing around in the morning sun.
What I wanted to ask Deer Hunter and Jim etc...How common is it for
a doe to have triplets? This is a large doe as I said. We also have a large Buck roaming around, and of course others...I just hope the coyotes don't feast on the small runt fawn!
I'm sorry Tipper about interfearing with the cloudburst theme, but what I am seeing is this Spring early Summer is like a blessing of growth. The birds have doubled and singing and going into their second nesting.
We are even have more rabbits, since the coyotes have raided ours the last few years...
I just love it when Spring and Summer come together like in the olden days...
Thanks Tipper,

Tipper,
We usually have quite a few baby frogs and toads...but this year they have fallen from the sky! I really hate to walk in the yard for fear of steppin' on them. Some are light reddish brown, some a week or so later or brown, etc. The husband mows slow so not to chop them up...ewwww and we have had frog-strangler rains.
Tell Deer Hunter that he would give up his gun for a little while at least if he could have seen my backyard the other morning at 8:45 AM...Our place is a jungle surround except for the back yard where the husband mows.
The morning sun and dew were sparkling about the shadows. All of a sudden, I thought I saw something run across from wood to wood. Suddenly it came across back to the wood on the other side, then two, then three. The does pranced and jumped one ran all the way up to the large back window. I was mesmerized! They were beautiful. There was one little runt and two about the same size. We watched finally getting our camera rolling. About that time the biggest doe we had ever seen came out of the edge of the woods, walked across and down into the old garden growth. Her babies jumping and in front and following her. We had a short burst of rain that morning, and the sun sparkling on the dewy grass was like a Disney movie.
Everything is growing! LOL
And we have spent a gazillion dollars on keepin' the deer out of our new garden spot! LOL
Thanks Tipper,

Pardon the language but have you heard the expression "it rained like pouring piss out of a boot?"
Its been raining like that here the past several days.

The rain has made everything so green and bursting with growth. I have had to do some early pruning to keep my landscaping under control. However, 'cloud bursts' were always quite common in South FL especially toward late afternoon caused by the heat of the day. Mother Nature has been good to us this spring.

I recall being caught in many of those cloudbursts. When we served out West (Arizona and Utah) if you heard a clap of thunder up on the mountain while you were down in a dry wash you knew to move to high ground to avoid the flash flood coming. It could be dry as a bone without a cloud to be seen and you could suddenly be in water waist high. I was also gaught in a cloudburst in the Topton area one time with huge hail for about 20 minutes. We parked under a bridge to wait it out.

Like you, Tipper, I'm also in Western North Carolina so I'm also having lots of rain and frequent cloud bursts. Everything is green and lush but a bit soggy too. It's also been a little cooler this spring....more like I remember the mountains being. I have really enjoyed our lovely cool nights recently!
Reading your article from WCU makes me wonder, in 1905 was it really extraordinarily heavy rain or was the train track not as substantial as they are now....maybe both. LOL
I don't like to even think about being stuck in a railroad car full of people, in a tunnel all night. That's a little too much togetherness for my comfort.

"Cloud burst," "water spout," "gully washer," "downpour," and "raining cats and dogs" were all common terms for us in Choestoe when our rainy seasons set in. I remember my mother and I were hoeing corn in "the Stephens Field," a new acreage my father had added to our farm holdings, and a "cloud burst" came, finding us very vulnerable and extremely soaked, and wondering how we would get through the suddenly flooded bottomland to the house. I can never remember being so drenched as that again--and so frightened by such a sudden storm. But my dear mother stayed calm, even though we were both soaked through and through and also nearly knee-deep in mud as we waded through those wet fields! This summer, so far, even in Milledgeville, we've had an abundance of rains! Nearly every late afternoon the dark clouds gather and the pelting rains come.
But we can't very well change the weather patterns!

My Dad just told the story the other day about the time around 1940 (he went in the Navy in early 1941) when Jackson County, NC got a rain and flash flooding that took out most of the bridges along the Nantahala River. There were lots of casualties.

Before leaving for a 2-week trip recently, my garden was in great shape weed-wise and in decent shape vegetable-wise. I've now been back three full days and it's been too wet to set foot in. The vegetables look good, but the weeds are looking better.

"Water spout" is a term that mountain folks use to describe an intense but very localized downpour. That's what Pearl Cable used to describe the rain that fell on the right fork of Pilkey Creek (Coot's Cove) one night in the early 1940's. Very little rain fell on the main (left) fork of the creek, but Coot's Cove was devastated. The left fork carried so much water that even though it is but a tributary, it washed out the bridge on the main Pilkey Creek downstream from the confluence. It carried off houses and cattle - including a cow that was deposited 10 or 15 feet up in a tree.

This is a little branch which even a 60+ year old feller with a backpack can jump across normally. But take a look at the results of the water spout in the photo taken by TVA which I uploaded to the link below.

http://home.comcast.net/~doncasada/Pictures/CootsCove_waterspout.jpg

Cloud bursts must be like what I grew up calling gully washers. We had a few this spring. Also called pond fillers. Need a soaker now but we have to take them as they come.'

Don't know that we need a cloud brust as much as we could use a good slow soaker. It's dry here and what little rain we've had is long gone. The only good thing about it turning off hot & dry is that I won't be mowing the yard nearly as often.

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