It’s going to rain a lot. The most severe of the weather is going to include severe and heavy thunderstorms so all you Little League coaches can go ahead and get your excuses ready for the honey-do list because unless you have a dome you’re going to be rained out.
The heavy thunderstorms, tornado watches, are also nature’s way of telling you social animals that this might be a good time not to close the bar down in the wee hours of the morning and instead just go home a bit early.
With rain come the wrecks.
It goes together like ice storms, bread, and milk. As I speak it is lunchtime and the accidents are already piling up. Although we didn’t have the big ice storm this year (I miss the mad rush to the store for milk and bread,) with a lot of rain will come the wrecks and the ones late at night are the worst.
Standing water isn’t as noticeable when everything else is wet when you’re driving. Take that and a half dozen Margaritas and you’ll cause some nice police officer to have to get wet standing out there scraping up what’s left of you into the rubber bag. Believe me late-night wrecks with alcohol are not pretty. Even the ones that don’t make the news are bad.
Some people think that if you adjust the seatbelt, nothing will go wrong. Instead of explaining that, just go by the wrecker yard and find the section of cars the insurance companies totaled out and look at them. Believe me, these weather predictions for the weekend are a good heads up that if you’re going somewhere and going to be out late, stay there. Get your coin jar out and get room or get lucky. Whatever.
To make things worse, this weekend it may just rain enough to cause the area creeks to rise, among them Peachtree Creek, Nancy Creek, Proctor Creek, and Big Creek just to name a few. Now this doesn’t mean that we want you to go out and find a flood then watch it. Leave that to the professionals at the Pickens County Moose Lodge and their annual Etowah River Flood Watch and cow-chip skeet shooting festival. If you live near one of these creeks and you’ve been there a few years then you know how scary that can be when your back yard is full of boats and reporters from the Weather Channel.
At my house, bad weather, especially thunder storms and heavy rain, equate to freaked out animals and unpredictable pooping episodes. The Shih-Tzu is manageable, she just hides, shakes and possibly dipping into the Crown Royal.
My Rottweiler is another story. She is 90 pounds and although I’ve tried to explain it, doesn’t understand that thunder is not evil as well as the signal to poop at will—nervous poop. There is nothing worse than big dog nervous poop. The kind that legally requires a two-man hazmat team to monitor the cleanup.
This animal can do some damage. I’ve tried soothing music, Enya, Lynard Skynard, Mott and the Hoople and the sort but nothing helps. I even tried to cash in on it pointing out where the HOA board members live but she won’t budge.
All in all the rain will pass but you can count on the damage being done. Dog poop can be cleaned up but your head going through a windshield won’t fare as well. Be careful and go home early.