Divine precipitation? Please read on for the “rest of the story”...This picture just seemed kind of timely...since we’re supposed to see something like 50 bazillion cicadas emerge from their holes in the dirt to make our spring and/summer extremely noisy this year. It didn’t make a lot of sense that this cicada was seen on the tire of a car Wednesday morning, May 8. Maybe it just wanted to get out of town before the deluge which fell that day. I don’t know if cicadas can swim...What’s up, duck? This duck on a dock was spotted last Sunday afternoon when yours truly when a drive in the warm sunshine. The duck apparently was rather happy to stay on the dock...it was there when I drove by the first time and was still there on the drive back home.

Spending special time together...in a deluge

Please read this...

...which involves some very special time The Other Half and yours truly spent together in Anna on the second Wednesday of May. We’ll call this very special time a Rainy Day Date. Or, perhaps more correctly, a A Torrential Downpour of Potentially Apocalyptic Proportions Date. Maybe not...

I had accompanied The Other Half to Union County’s biggest metropolitan area to try to lend a helping hand with a little project she does to help out folks in the community. The project involves unloading some items out of a trailer. 

On this particular Wednesday in May, our little corner of the world happened to be under what was reported to be a Level 4 risk for severe weather. That’s Level 4 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being The End of the World as We Know It. (Go ahead and find the R.E.M. song of the same name on YouTube, since it’s already stuck in your head. You are welcome.)

For our journey to the Big City, we went in separate vehicles. Before I left home, I decided to get an update on the weather. I paid a visit to the website for the National Weather Service office in Paducah, since those folks seem to know quite a bit about the weather. 

The weather radar image I saw at the time suggested that there indeed was some rain out in the world, but it looked the precipitation would not last long. Hah. Hah. Hah.

The Other Half and yours truly got to where we needed to be in Anna...just as the rain started to fall. Within minutes, Mother Nature had unleashed a torrent of precipitation from the sky.

The rain was accompanied by lightning...and thunder...and even some hail. Not long after the deluge had started, South Main Street in Anna began to resemble the Mississippi River. The parking lot where we were doing what we needed to do took on the appearance of the Anna City Pool.

Well, in a word, or two, we got S-O-A-K-E-D. I do not remember the last time I was as wet as I was last Wednesday. Water was dripping from the drips which were falling from the ball cap I was wearing.

The two of us eventually got back home and put on some dry clothes. Mother Nature wasn’t quite done with us, though. Wednesday night, we had our very own tornado warning, complete with a sound track featuring a wailing siren...

By the way...the photograph of the sign was taken in the midst of the deluge...the picture guy was back in his car...soaked...and dripping...when he happened to notice the rather timely message... Oh...the sign read: "Did you pray for rain? Well, it worked" Amen...

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