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  •  I heard that one area got something like 5 inches (12+ / 0-)

    in 2 hours.  That's the very definition of flash flooding as no ground can absorb that much water quickly enough not to flood.

    •  well (6+ / 0-)

      on the plus side,

      this might help their drought problems,

      -- the water and ice that doesn't flood away that is.

      thanks nchristine

    •  I was in Houston last night (12+ / 0-)

      For a fundraising gala downtown benefiting Catastrophic Theater, Houston's premiere theater company and a core of the arts scene (I'm part of this circle going back to the '90s).  It was supposed to be an indoor/outdoor event, the street had been closed, and we were very worried people wouldn't show. It rained like hell all night, people danced in the mud, it was the best party ever. Rain and flooding are no news in Houston. I've seen waaaaay worse, though it was a huge storm. Flooding? All the time. In fact I've seen much worse flooding many times. The worst areas were south and west of the city, where Keegan's and Braes bayous overflowed their banks and stranded motorists. I heard around 7pm that Alief, west of town, got 8 inches between 3 and 6:30 pm. No doubt that's a lot of rain, but it was just like every other aspect of Houston: extreme. Extreme heat and humidity, storms, mold and pollen counts, beauty in he fall and winter, extreme cockroaches, fire ants and pollution, extreme food and nightlife, extreme assholes on the freeways. It's just, when you live there, stuff like this is kind of like, huh, that's a huge rain. Are we still going to that party?

      As for the hail, happens often. Yes, I have seen "rivers" of hail numerous times. It's just a bunch of hail running off into the storm drains. There is nothing about this that is a sign of anything other than the weather is unpredictable and extreme at time in the Houston area. I guarantee it will happen again before the end of may, then again in June and July. The only reason you are seeing it now is because the rain volume happened so fast and news put it on camera. I it had been raining and flooding for days, then we got hail, it would still be flowing in "rivers" but no one would bother to take note because everyone would be talking about the semi truck you can only see the exhaust pipe of off the roof, covered in 20 feet of water at a low pint on one of our sunken freeways. Par for the course.

      The place was utterly dark—the oubliette, as I suppose, of their accursed convent.

      by bastrop on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 08:29:58 PM PDT

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      •  sound pleasant (4+ / 0-)
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        thanks for the info, bastrop.

        well I did say "maybe not" in the post.

        •  The weather reporters (2+ / 0-)
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          in the 2nd video, seemed very surprised

          by the "rivers of ice" too.

          Which is when I decided to write this post.

          •  I dunno (7+ / 0-)

            Houston news is pretty lowest-common-denominator. Maybe they are from somewhere else. The news market is known as a place for reporters to cut their teeth, maybe they are green horns. I can't get the link to work, so I'm not sure who they are. Regardless, a Houston news reporter breathlessly discussing extreme weather is about what I would expect. I mean, it doesn't happen every day but I can't imagine any Houstonian getting worked up about it. It's a novelty as much as anything else.

            I've seen funnel clouds drop right out of the sky into backyards then go right back up. I've seen softball hail. I've seen rain so heavy you could not see past the overhang above your door. I've seen the entire Montrose area impassable due to flooding (several times). It's just that none of these things are one-offs. They happen.

            The place was utterly dark—the oubliette, as I suppose, of their accursed convent.

            by bastrop on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 08:44:24 PM PDT

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        •  I mean, it was a hell of a night (6+ / 0-)

          We had a lot of fun. But we weren't the only one doing it. None of this stopped it from being Saturday night, and Saturday night is Houston is alive and kicking. There is a reason Houston is consistently rated at the top of American cities for livability, nightlife, food, culture and diversity. The place never stops and is just plain awesome. I encourage every one to check it out. Just spend your time inside the loop. Outside the loop culture is...Pre-Dallas?

          The place was utterly dark—the oubliette, as I suppose, of their accursed convent.

          by bastrop on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 08:37:00 PM PDT

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      •  I grew up in Houston (1+ / 0-)
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        and rode motorcycles along Braes bayou.  That thing is huge and pretty awesome when it's full of water (so full that the water pushes up and out of the storm drains into the street) . Now I get 9 1/2 inches of rain a year in Albuquerque.

    •  My area got 5 inches in 24 hours (4+ / 0-)
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      two Thursdays ago, and I thought that was bad.  I can't imagine what 5 inches in two hours would do.  

      Renewable energy brings national global security.     

      by Calamity Jean on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 11:04:41 PM PDT

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