Thursday, February 14, 2008
We Had Some Rain
February 14, 2008
I spent yesterday dodging the drizzle. It came down steadily, and I had to get some things at the A & P which is some half a mile from here, so I knew I had to go out. It meant putting on the snow boots I had bought in Switzerland 20-some-odd years ago.
The day wasn't all that cold. The temperature went up to 53, but there was snow all over from the previous day. It was turning to slush and puddles. It wasn't pretty.
Imagine my surprise after I got home and saw the rain coming down pretty steadily, and spotted the above picture on my favorite local website, Hoboken Now. To those of you who are curious about the conditions of Hoboken, it sometimes floods. Having lived near Mobile, a below-sea-level city which normally has a lot of rainfall and often has streets that look like rivers, I didn't take this seriously. And when I went out, I didn't see this wet scene. What I saw was patches of melting snow and gutters flowing with water. I wouldn't have thought that just a few blocks from where I was conditions were like this!
It's an old city, Hoboken, straining with outdated drainage systems, and when the weather bad those systems break down.
Something must be done, and it will. In the meantime, I'm lucky to be on the other side of town on wet, cold days, cuddled up with a cup of hot chocolate, and looking for a little spot of sun to come out.
Today the sun is shining, and it's all over -- for now.