Friday, August 31, 2012

Isaac Remnants Still Heading This Way

Rantoul, IL.

66 deg. clear, no wind.

Forecast = Partly cloudy in the morning, then mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 90F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

About the only thing that happened yesterday was that Jim and Linda made a quick run to the grocery store to pick up a few items before the Labor Day Holiday. Being Thursday morning, there weren't may people shopping, but that will probably change today.

There's actually 2 reasons more people will be shopping. The first one is, of course, the Labor Day Holiday. The 2nd reason is the weather that they're forecasting for the weekend.

You see, they're still forecasting a lot of rain and possible high winds from the remnants of Isaac that will be coming through Illinois on Saturday and Sunday. The latest forecast for rain, (as of this morning), is somewhere between 5 to 7 inches for this area, with possible heavier amounts in some local areas.

Now, the problem is not with the amount of rain, but with the short amount of time when it will happen. In fact, the rain is needed here and even that much will not make up for the drought. But, if it all comes down during a short period of time, there's sure to be some flooding. Also, if it rains too much too fast, much of the rain will run off into the streams and rivers and will not soak into the ground to help with the moisture level deep down in the soil.

Jim didn't get a chance to talk to Louise yesterday, but I'm guessing that there will be quite a few sites available here in the CG for the weekend. Many people will not want to come with the forecast of heavy rain for almost the entire weekend. : (

Did you know that the first annual observance of Labor Day was organized by the American Federation of Labor in 1884, which resolved in a convention in Chicago that "the first Monday in September be set aside as a laborer's national holiday?"

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