Austin, April 2013


I have noted before that the good people of Austin have a very different attitude towards rain from the one I grew up with in grey, drizzly London. The weather since the beginning of the year has been what I am accustomed to calling wonderful - warm, sunny and dry. But Austin is opposite-town and this good fortune for me has been a source of anxiety and pain for the other residents.

Well, the tables have been turned. At the beginning of this month, a mega storm system arrived and has been soaking us for two days straight. Not only that, but gale-force winds, hail and warnings on the radio to stay indoors until it is over. Our local bulletin board has been ecstatic; here is a sampling of some of the posts as the storm progressed.

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From: barton_hills@yahoogroups.com [mailto:barton_hills@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 02, 2013 5:45 PM
To: barton_hills@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [barton_hills] Trash cans galore!

I have watched about 6 trash/lawn/recycling cans wash down Matterhorn into the middle of Barton Hills Drive. One can is in the middle of the street but the water is rushing too much to walk out and get it.
Be on the lookout and rescue yours as soon as its safe!
Best,
Catherine
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From: barton_hills@yahoogroups.com [mailto:barton_hills@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 02, 2013 5:49 PM
To: barton_hills@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [barton_hills] Trash cans galore!

Ours are gone from Kassarine Pass. Let's have a "sorting out" party at the bottom of the hill when the rain stops.
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From: barton_hills@yahoogroups.com [mailto:barton_hills@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 02, 2013 8:20 PM
To: barton_hills@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [barton_hills] Any rain reports?

My trash can was 3 houses away so it must have been pretty good.
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From: barton_hills@yahoogroups.com [mailto:barton_hills@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 02, 2013 9:45 PM
To: barton_hills@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [barton_hills] rain!

We received nearly 2 inches of rain at Farnswood Circle.
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From: barton_hills@yahoogroups.com [mailto:barton_hills@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 02, 2013 9:55 PM
To: barton_hills@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [barton_hills] Any rain reports?

2 1/2 inches on Briargrove in a very short period of time.
John
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From: barton_hills@yahoogroups.com [mailto:barton_hills@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 03, 2013 11:50 AM
To: barton_hills@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [barton_hills] Any rain reports?

3.1 on Ridgeview as of 9 am.
Larry
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From: barton_hills@yahoogroups.com [mailto:barton_hills@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 03, 2013 11:58 AM
Subject: RE: [barton_hills] Any rain reports?

We had almost four inches in the gauge, but there may have been some water already in the gauge. We did have a big river in the back yard.
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From: barton_hills@yahoogroups.com [mailto:barton_hills@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 03, 2013 11:58 AM
Subject: [barton_hills] Rain

All totaled -- last night and today, my rain gauge showed about 4.2". Wonderful!
Pat
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From: barton_hills@yahoogroups.com [mailto:barton_hills@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 03, 2013 11:58 AM
Subject: [barton_hills] Another missing trash container

It's green and was last seen near the bottom of Spring Creek. Let me know if you find it. I'm at 2506 Spring Creek. Thanks!
Kristen.
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From: barton_hills@yahoogroups.com [mailto:barton_hills@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2013 6:58 AM
Subject: Re: [barton_hills] Any rain reports?

4.1" on westoak


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