The Weather Channel had a brief explanation. Too brief, I thought. But then again, I had just switched to that channel when I heard them talking about it, so perhaps I missed some of the coverage.
I had just begun to brace for a warm, dry autumn and winter. The jet stream, it was said, was going across the United States quite a bit north of Texas, blocking cold fronts from traveling down to us, and thus, thwarting any rain chances that we had. The prediction was for this to continue, and I have been concerned about another drought starting in autumn like the drought we experienced in 2011.
Then Norman came along. Norman was what The Weather Channel was explaining when I casually clicked to that channel, looking for the day's radar. Norman was different. Norman was unexpected. Norman was, well, not normal.
You see, here in east Texas, we watch for hurricanes or tropical depressions forming in the Atlantic Ocean. If these tropical depressions travel into the Gulf of Mexico, we have a pretty good chance of getting rain here.
But Norman was different. Norman was coming from the Pacific. Norman was traveling over Mexico toward Texas. And, Norman was south of the jet stream (the same jet stream that was blocking the rain from the north), so the rains coming from Norman were staying in the South. It would move across Texas, Louisiana, and other Southern states, slowing moving eastward and northerly. It was also bringing rain. Lots of rain.
Over the past two days, Norman dropped over 6 inches of rain on my garden. I am so pleased. My plants are looking perky. It had been dry, and I had gone back to watering. There was flooding in some areas, and I hope no one was adversely affected. Here, rain was very much appreciated. Six inches was thrilling!
Maybe the rest of the winter will be dry. But for now, I'm thankful for Norman.
The remnants of (what was) Norman are traveling eastward. Were you, or will you be, affected?