A greater two day rain total than ever before recorded was entered today in the Northern Virginia history books. The Capital Beltway shut down this morning due to the storm. So did the Metro. Bus routes were canceled. IRS employees were told to go home. All Smithsonian Museums closed their doors. Cars floated down the streets. People were rescued by boats. And it is still raining.
I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest - it takes a lot of rain for me take notice. Most of the time, I don't even bother with an umbrella. I grew up hearing, "A little rain won't hurt you." Tonight, however, I feel as though I should be building an Ark.
I wish I had more pictures to share because the images I have seen on television are absolutely unreal. Still, I think the handful of photos I have gathered give a nice pictorial of the current weather conditions:
I love this picture of the Prez. He is getting drenched. And that poor Secret Service guy, he's soaked to the skin. The picture on the left shows a tree that fell down in the front lawn of the White House - right next to the doorstep.
And finally, here is a picture that shows just how much rain is flowing in the streets and neighborhoods of downtown Washington D.C. Fortunately, I live 20 miles outside of the District and my house sits on a hill where all the rain flows down into the little forest area below the back of my house. We have been lucky because the county I live in is a little more rural and the flooding has not affected us quite as much as it has in the more urban areas. Our creeks are overflowing, though, and there are a few roads that are impassable. But other than that, we have not had nearly the amount of flooding that there has been in the District.
Alyssa claims that when people talk about the weather, it means that they are boring. She says that if all one has to discuss is Mother Nature, then that person needs to get a life. Because this is one of her pet peeves, I try really hard not to talk about the weather very often. But due to the record setting rainfall amounts we have had in the past 48 hours, I think that the weather is an acceptable topic for the day. And I think that even Alyssa would forgive me for breaching her weather as conversation rule.