Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
All this rain coming from tropical storm Bill is causing all kinds of issues, cars being swept away, tricky travel, flooded streets and maybe worse is the possibility of storm drains not being able to handle all the water.
On the St. Louis side the storm drain problem is maybe worse than in much of the Illinois side and west county because so much of the city and surrounding suburbs still have combined water and sewer drains. This means sewer backups in basements in many areas as well as forcing up animals who live down in the drains. Some of these you just don't want to know about.
We have a few more days of rain, hopefully there will be enough dry gaps to allow things to submerge. Until then please do not drive through flood water.
The new storm drains in the west most lane of the new 159 project aren't able to drain off rain like we've had this morning. Standing water, cars kicking up water higher than the roofs of the vehicles. Now, we have had a lot of rain, but this was still surprising.
So said the guy on Fox2 Now this morning along with the information that we could be looking at downpours of rain this week totally over 6 inches. I'd have to say, though, that the humidity has risen about as high as it can go judging by our windows.
For order of business for me this morning is to pump some of the water out of our pond so that the fish won't wash over the side this week and disappear.
One other thing, as hot as it was last week and humid, who would argue about air conditioning being one of the best inventions ever.
I follow several weather people on Twitter, just to get second opinions. Heh. One is Adrian Linares who is based in Miami and does worldwide weather and severe weather events. He put this tweet up last night and to be honest I have no idea what it means. The Tweet said, "Quite the clustering with GFS ensembles in the epac."
One of KSDK's meteorologists, Chester Lampkin, is leaving St. Louis to work for MetService of New Zealand, that country's version of our National Weather Service. MetService bills themselves as "New Zealand's Coolest Little Weather Company".
I will miss Chester, no one used Twitter to local weather, news and sports all day and night as well as he did. You could count on him to tweet updates whether he was on duty or not. And, he was great about responding to anyone who communicated with him on that platform. Engaging and nice. I'll miss him.