An unusually cool morning

18°C in the morning wouldn’t be unusual around here in the fall, but on a July morning, it’s very unusual. 28°C is a more typical temperature for a July morning.

I’ll take it.

The dogs were certainly enjoying the “cooler” weather this morning.

A break in the rain

According to the latest radar images, the river of rain has moved a little to the north, so now the house is just a the left edge of it instead of smack dab in the middle.

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It’s been a record setting rain with 29.2 cm (11.5 in) measured at the airport and 23.5 cm (9.25 in) measured downtown yesterday. Three days into October and apparently it’s already the wettest October on record.


Over by Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, they recorded over 60 cm of rain since Thursday.


Had another round of torrential rain overnight, but now that the rain has stopped here, a lot of the water is starting to drain from the yard. The water in the ditch is back to a still high but more reasonable level and over in the corner of the side yard along the ditch the water has gone down quite a bit since last night.

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Now that it’s daylight, you can see the line of debris that gives an indication of how far away from the ditch the water got last night.

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With the water level in the ditch going back down, the swale is back to draining (slowly) into the ditch rather than the other way around.

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Glad for the break in the rain, but with the rest of the state continuing to get hammered there will still be lots of flooding going on.

Wetter and soggier

After a bit of a break in the rain for a few hours, the water in the back and side yards started to recede just a little bit, but it didn’t last long. A couple hours of torrential downpour and wind filled up the ditch and yard again to the point where the ditch is overflowing. Of course, being dark it’s hard to get any good pictures of it, but I managed to get a few decent ones during a break in the rain.

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The water filling up the swale got a lot wider

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Along the side yard near the front of the house, water’s getting pretty close to the house, and up against the neighbour’s house.

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More rain on the way and another high tide coming up in a few hours. Seeing a few reports of buildings downtown getting inundated with water now.

So far the house is staying high and dry, aside from a little bit of wind driven rain getting in underneath the garage door seals. A look in the attic space above the ceilings didn’t show any leakage or anything, which is good.

Hopefully the rest of the rain we get tonight isn’t quite as torrential as what went through a couple hours ago, and some of this water has a chance to drain away some.

Wet and soggy weekend

Thanks to a confluence of weather events, a lot of moisture from Hurricane Joaquin is getting funneled right through the state.

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We’ve been getting a good bit of rain the past few days, and the forecast was calling for an additional 20-40 cm of rain for the weekend. After raining pretty much all of yesterday evening and all night, I ventured out to find the ditch beside the house running pretty high and fast, with the swale coming off the ditch like a tributary.

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Normally the swale drains into the ditch, but I think today, the swale was draining the ditch.

The corner of the side yard was looking like this

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Looks like it will be like this for most of the day. Apparently downtown flooding was bad enough that the Charleston Police Department closed off the peninsula a few hours ago.


It’s not just the peninsula that’s flooding either. There are a lot of other areas in West Ashley, Mt. Pleasant, Isle of Palms, North Charleston where the water is getting pretty high too.

A day like today makes me glad we got the eavestroughing put up around the house.

Tornado close encounter

We managed to sleep through a tornado that touched down just a few miles from us around 1:30 AM. No damage here (the basil plant sitting on the grill didn’t even get blown over), but there were numerous reports of downed trees and power outages when we woke up around 2:30 AM for unrelated reasons. Haven’t heard any reports of injuries or deaths, which is good.

Every thing here at the house is ok. Not even any branches blown out of the trees.