May 21, 2012 – rain and marsh fires

Monday, May 21

Figure 1. The new McIlhenny camp under construction.

Figure 1. The new McIlhenny camp under construction.

 

 
 

I made it out to the Rainey headquarters at 3:00 on a bright and sunny afternoon. I unpacked and walked over to watch the camp construction.

 

 

Within 2 hours, the sky darkened, the wind picked up, there was thunder and lightening, rain, and hail started falling. Pea-size to almost golf-ball size chunks of ice peppered the house and deck, and hit in the flooded backyard like cannonballs. The wind gusted to 40mph or better at one point and we were sure we would see flattened trees by the morrow. When it slacked up, we could see marsh fires to the northeast, on the State Refuge. Timmy informed me that they haven’t burned their marshes in years, and with the dry month we’ve had and it being breeding season for so many marsh creatures, this was not a good thing. It thundered and shook the house until almost midnight, dropping 2 and a half inches of rain.

Figure 2. A concentrated squall popped up and dropped hail (seen here on the door mat), 2 inches of rain and started marsh fires.

Figure 2. A concentrated squall popped up and dropped hail (seen here on the door mat), 2 inches of rain and started marsh fires.

Figure 3. Marsh fire on the State Refuge that was a result of lightening on a marsh thick with dry dead grass.
Figure 3. Marsh fire on the State Refuge that was a result of lightening on a marsh thick with dry dead grass.
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One Response to May 21, 2012 – rain and marsh fires

  1. Doug Meffert says:

    Love the camp! I can’t wait to see it finished.

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