2013 in Review

I’m not gonna get carried away with a massive examination of the previous 12 months, but enough things happened in 2013 that a bit of retrospection seems appropriate. Any of the following items are worthy of a blog post in themselves, some have been detailed here previously, but many haven’t been mentioned here. I think the cumulative effect of it all knocked the wind out of my blogging sails.

In no particular order, here are what stand out as the most significant events–on a personal level–of 2013. read more

We Are Sans Email

Due to a couple of computer disasters, Tracie is currently without email and my access is severely impaired. I’m so frustrated that I don’t even want to talk about it; let it suffice to say that yesterday was the second worst Christmas Eve I’ve had. (The worst, should you be curious, was last year’s, during which I watched helplessly while Tracie was doubled over in pain in the waiting area of a hospital pharmacy due to trigeminal neuralgia.)

So, if you need to get ahold of us, use the phone or Apple Messages. Hopefully I’ll have things sorted out by tomorrow, but it’s Christmas, after all, and there’s things I’d rather do than wrangle computers. read more

End of the Storm

It rained some this morning but was clear and sunny from around 11:00AM onwards. Quoting from the Daily Camera:

Meteorologist Matt Kelsch said the yearly precipitation total hit 30.14 inches Monday. The previous record for moisture in Boulder in a single year was 29.93 inches, set in 1995, he said. … This year, almost 15 inches of the record 30.13 inches fell between Monday evening and Friday in the deadly storm that caused a 100-year flood across Boulder County. That amount doubled Boulder’s previous record for a single storm, which was 7.37 inches of rain May 5-8, 1969. read more

Some Rainfall Graphs

It’s just after noon, and it’s raining again. I suppose this rainfall graph probably tells the story as well as I can; I just grabbed it from NCAR’s site:

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Yes, nearly 1.3 inches of rain this morning. That would be a lot of rain for around here even if the ground wasn’t already saturated. However, that reminds me that I haven’t yet posted this graph, which I grabbed at 10:22PM on 9/12/2013:

weather (3)So, about 10 inches of rain accumulated in a 24-hour window at the beginning of the storm. That’s at a station near here and hence several miles out from the mountains. I’ve read that some areas received 15 inches of rain. read more

When the Going Gets Tough, the Geeks Get Going

We got a break from the rain last night and today, but it’s supposed to rain more tonight–maybe a lot more. We spent more or less the entire day doing stuff to either recover from the previous days or prepare for the coming days, such as some very hurried yard work, laundry, etc. I spent most of the time installing a sump pump. It sounds like an easy-enough job but, as always, the devil is in the details. The most devilish detail in this case was the fact that the pump moves water with such vigor that my initial test resulted in a sudden flow of water out of the floor drain rather than into it. Not good. I ended up re-routing the exhaust tube down a 4″ drain pipe, which was actually a better solution for several reasons. (Good thing Tracie’s dad was home after the failed test. I was at a loss for solutions and was wondering whether I’d have to cut a hole through the side of the house. He suggested looking for a drainpipe stub.) read more