07/11/2005: Dennis is a disappointment (The joys of life in Memphis, Part 2)
After the fun of being under an "inland tropical storm watch" yesterday, Hurricane Dennis is rolling through the Memphis area as we speak, and I have to confess I'm disappointed. From the weather warnings which were posted yesterday, I was expecting wind (at least tropical storm force wind) and a few decent thunderstorms. As we speak it's raining moderately heavily, but hardly torrentially (any given Memphis thunderstorm will generate heavier rain than what I'm seeing right now), but looking out of the window I don't see any indications that any significant wind is blowing at all.
While being a bit less spectacular than I was expecting, the rain here is still a bit of concern, I'm sure. While not exceptionally heavy, the rain has been coming down steadily for several hours--much more steadily than in a typical storm pattern. That being the case, there is most certainly a chance for localized flooding in low-lying areas, though there's no flood warnings covering any local area closer than northern Mississippi.
Just a really gloomy 5 day forecast, unless you're the sort that really likes rain (I know, I know... we're seeing a drought in the mid-South and can really use the rain; that doesn't mean I have to like it personally).
Len on 07.11.05 @ 08:22 AM CST