Rainy Days and Storms

I’ve never been so glad to hear a rainstorm and see lightning flashing.

By the time March comes around, we’re all eager for spring.

We crow gleefully about any robins who happen to hop by, even if they’re shivering with a rime of frost on their beaks. We look at the piles of snirt (snow dirt) on our lawns and make private bets with ourselves as to when the last nubbin of ice will finally die.

We await the day when we will be able to complain about the muddy glop our front yard has become, and how our children or family members track mud in everywhere. We try to figure out how to keep our basements dry, which is kind of like trying to figure out perpetual motion or cold fusion, only less likely to actually occur.

Of course, spring doesn’t spring up everywhere equally. Our unfortunate brethren to the north are supposed to get a whopping 19 inches of snow today, and we have a 30 percent chance of precipitation here in Worthington, though our precipitation is supposed to be “rain and snow.” I’m holding out hope for the rain.

At the same time, there are communities around who aren’t so glad the snow is melting, and they’re probably more than a little worried about the rain, too. Floods have struck a few communities already, and Valentine’s Day kicked off sandbagging season in Fargo, N.D.

Closer to home, the Des Moines River is expected to crest at 15.4 feet in Jackson, well into the moderate flood stage, early Thursday morning.

There are plenty of other trouble spots, too, according to the National Weather Service, where streams and rivers are either already at flood stages or nearing them — Pipestone Creek in Pipestone, Split Rock Creek below Jasper, the Rock River at Luverne and at Rock Rapids, Iowa, the Des Moines River at Windom and the Little Sioux River near Milford, Iowa.

Suddenly a damp basement doesn’t seem so bad, does it?

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