MARTY RUSSELL: Raindrops keep, ouch, falling on my head

If Kermit the Frog still lived in Mississippi, he wouldn’t be able to sing his signature song anymore, you know, the one about, “It’s Not Easy Being Green.”
Kermit wouldn’t be able to sing it for two reasons: one, because he actually would be green, not from his felt pelt but from mildew. And, secondly, he wouldn’t be able to sing it because if he opened his mouth he’d drown.
I haven’t checked the official statistics but I’m pretty sure it’s been raining for more than 40 days and nights. If Noah were still around I believe even he would be using God’s name in vain by now.
Somebody up there turn off the faucet.
I checked the local rainfall statistics and, as of the end of April, the National Weather Service had concluded that, in its official and scientific opinion, we’ve had a ton of rain. Actually many tons of rain. As of the end of April, Tupelo had had 15.47 inches of rain. That’s still 5 inches below the normal for this time of year, 20.89 inches, but it seems like most of it has fallen in just the past couple of weeks and there’s more on the way, we’re told.
Of course, all of the rain has been good for the plants.
I’ve never seen the poison ivy in my yard grow so large and I’m having to keep an eye on the azaleas. They’ve grown so much I’m afraid they’re going to pull up roots and start attacking the roses. And, of course, the mosquitoes are loving it.
If it ever dries out enough for them to get airborne, forget the bug zapper. Better bring out the anti-aircraft guns.
It’s enough to make you want to move to Iquique, Chile.
Iquique holds the world’s record for the longest period of time without rainfall – 14 years. Mt. Waialeale, Hawaii, currently holds the world’s record for rainiest place on Earth with an average annual rainfall of 450 inches a year and a record rainfall of 642 inches in one year, although I believe we’re on pace to pull a Mine That Bird upset right here in north Mississippi this year.
Fifteen inches of rain in a four-month period is a lot of rain. Just how much, you ask? Well, consider this. I live on an acre of land. A 1-inch rainfall event, such as we’ve been having a lot of lately, will dump approximately 27,154 gallons of water over a one acre piece of ground. By comparison, the average 10-minute shower in the tub uses about 25 gallons of water.
And considering that a gallon of water weighs almost 8.5 pounds, that’s 230,809 pounds or more than 115 tons of water falling on just one acre during a 1-inch rainfall event.
It’s a wonder we haven’t been crushed by the weight alone.
Marty Russell writes a Wednesday column for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 222 Farley Hall, University MS 38677 or by e-mail at marusse1@olemiss.edu.

 

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