Here comes the second wave!
I was teaching in ABQ for the first wave, but caught this at suppertime when I got home. I was in a windowless room teaching, but I could hear the rain on the roof and I got the Engineering Geek's message by cell phone. The TAAS event was cancelled.
As water puddled up over the culvert at the top of the driveway and spilled down toward Sedillo wash to the south of the house, we were glad we did not have to go anywhere.
Yesterday morning, we ventured out to observe the aftermath. The dogs were as curious as we were.
The morning did not dawn, rather the light came up gradually, softly through heavy fog.
From the Los Pecos extension of the road, we saw mud flats and standing water below the very large culvert on the new road. Los Pecos Loop.
The heavy fog was shifting, curtains of it moving across the sky, playing hide-and-seek with the rising sun.
We moved as though through a mass of warm, moist cotton, our footsteps muffled, our voices hushed.
The Geek checked the rain guage as we ended our morning walk, partially obscured by the "jungle," as we call the abundance of flora that has burgeoned in this really good monsoon summer.
We got 0.25 of an inch more Saturday night, giving us a total for Saturday of nearly an inch and a quarter.
We had some flash flooding, but nothing as severe as Ruidoso, to the southeast in the Sierra Blanco, where they got four inches in less than 24 hours.
The flash floods there cut off the entire town, and people went missing in the raging Ruidoso River.
We watched the as the storm swept northeast, over the shoulder of the Sandias as we sipped our coffee in the breakfast nook.
The rest of Sunday was warm and sunny. And more humid than we are used to experiencing.
One of my students drives down from Santa Fe for my Sunday afternoon level 5 class. His mom said they drove through serious rain and hail near Budaghers--the last wave.
As I write, five Air Guard helicopters just flew low over our house, headed to Ruidoso. They say that all the bridges over Rio Ruidoso are out, and the recovery will be long and expensive.