Ok, I understand that we've been in a drought for the last 2 years, but I just can't help feeling down when I wake up to rain every morning. I hope it is helping local farmers, and everyone's yards, but it's kind of depressing. Maybe I'm being a little over-dramatic, but I was thinking it must be really tough for folks who live in Seattle. But I guess it's not that bad. Seattle isn't the rainiest city in the lower 48 US states, do you know which one is? Mobile, Alabama. They average 59 days of rain a year and almost 5 feet! Who would've thought? Here's another fun fact for you: we live in the rainiest area of the country. Yep, the Southeast is at the top of the rainy list. To put it into perspective, Knoxville's average rainfall per year is about 48 inches. That's quite a difference from Mobile huh? Now, I have to add, cities in Alaska and Hawaii get more than 100 inches of rain in a year, but they weren't included in the study on livescience.com. Other studies say Hilo, Hawaii or Quillayute, Washington - you can decide which to believe.
Out of all this rain though I did witness a true act of generosity. If you were out finishing last minute shopping on Christmas Eve, you probably got caught in the downpour. I don't think I've ever seen it rain that hard. I stopped at Walgreens to grab something and ran as fast as I could inside and did my shopping. On the way out, if even possible, it was raining harder. I again, ran to my car getting soaking wet. However, when I tried to back out, I couldn't because another driver decided to park alongside the building in a no parking zone instead of in a spot. I was stuck. There were cars on either side of mine and more cars parking along with the "no parking zone car". As I started to get a little frustrated, a noticed a man standing at the back of my car directing me to back up. I couldn't believe it. He was standing in the pouring rain. No coat. No umbrella. Nothing. I of course had no way to communicate with him so I let him direct me out of the spot. After I finally squeezed out, I turned around to tell him "Thank You" and he was gone. It made my night that someone took the time, and the soaking, to help me out. Kind of falls in the "true meaning of Christmas category" don't you think?
I bet you have some stories about this rainfall we're getting. Especially those of you who live in areas that were flooded Wednesday. Here's your opportunity to vent! Tell us about your rainy day blues.
Maybe we should to move to Las Vegas which topped the "driest city" list.
See you in the morning,