The Life Cycle of A Raindrop

The Adventures Of Randy The Raindrop

Randy the raindrop lived in a cloud.
The heat from the sun made him big, strong, and proud!
He got bigger and bigger until one day – Oh My!
He fell through the floor of his house in the sky!

Randy was scared, then he saw more raindrops falling.
“Hey Randy, isn’t this fun?” they were calling.
Then onto a leaf with a splash Randy fell,
And what happened next is a strange thing to tell.

Randy was made up of water, you know,
a part of him went to help the tree grow.
The rest of him went into a puddle so round,
then the sun came out and shone on the ground.

The sun warmed Randy and he started to change.
He became water vapor – My isn’t that strange?
Little drops of water, too tiny to see,
Floated into the sky – yes that was Randy!

Randy’s home once again was a cloud in the sky.
He was a raindrop once more, but then by and by …
The sun made him bigger and bigger and then …
He fell through the floor of his house once again!

by Patty Jean Wiese

Summer Storm Clouds

In July, not one day has passed without a storm in North Texas. And July is only six days old. Today, the thunderstorm passed over us. But we heard it rumbling east from our town. Here are some photos of the storm clouds, I’ve captured this late afternoon.

The Lewisville Lake Flood 2015

It’s been two years, that I came to the Shoreline Trail and saw it flooded from all the rain we had due to El Niño. Back then, I also captured some photos and wrote a blog about it:

May 18, 2015

Today I wanted to see, how high the water level is at Lewisville Lake. Wow, it is much higher than I thought it might be. Due to all the rain, lots of areas of the Shoreline Trail are flooded. The city had to close it.

El Niño brings us a lot of water for the last several weeks. Since Lake Ray Roberts and Lewisville Lake are connected by the Elm Fork River, all the water that floods the area of Lake Ray Roberts needs to go somewhere. It runs south through the river into Lewisville Lake, which has the flood gate open to release all this extra water. But it takes time to get the lakes back to their “normal” levels.

The anglers, fishers, and wild birds are very happy with the high water levels. Maybe the killdeer was out of luck, and its nest got flooded as well. But the water brings lots of fishes closer to the shore, and they are an easy catch. The boat owners take the time to fix up their boats for the season. I heard some drilling by the pier. They also have more space in the lake, and don’t have to worry to run on shore as easy as when we have drought season with low lake levels.

And there is still more rain in the forecast for this week.

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Beautiful April Morning

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The sky looks dramatic this morning. (04-27-2017)

After the storm yesterday, the sun is very welcomed this morning. It fell so good, getting Sara to school and seeing our big star rising in the sky. Still in the 50s (11ºC), it still feels warmer than it was yesterday. The wind came down, and the sun tries to poke through the clouds every so often. We are expecting 77ºF (25ºC) for this afternoon. Yeah, it definitely will be a beautiful April day.

Windy & Cool Spring Day

Woken up from loud thunder, I tried to get to my car this morning. But when I was standing in front of my house door, the lightning was so close and bright. It scared me going out there. I waited until the storm moved on a little bit and the rain came in. Since then, the wind is blowing strong and it got much cooler. Yesterday, we had 87ºF (31ºC). This morning when I woke up, we had 73ºF (23ºC). And now, it’s only 57ºF (14ºC). That’s a strong temperature decline from yesterday. Today, I don’t really want to be outside. After I fed the wild birds, I came right back into my house. I live in Texas! – Bring on the heat! 😉

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Ackaturbo and Pimboli have to hold on to Diddl in this wind. 😉

Picture Credit: Thomas Goletz www.Diddl.com & www.Diddl.de

Spring Flowers Love Rain

Over the last 24 hours we’ve got at least 4 inches of rain. My yard seems to love it. I have woodsorrel/oxalis blooming all over the place. The first pink evening primrose of this season began to blossom. And the buckwheat, I have sown about a month ago, is showing its beautiful white flowers as well. Yesterday, I wrote the headline “April Showers (Storms) brings May Flowers”. It should be called “April Showers Bring April Flowers”. 😉