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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

Thanks for taking your time in reading Case's Column. Hopefully, you'll enjoy being entertained by it as much as I've enjoyed putting these writings together. And thanks for the time you spend in City-Data.com, where it's great to be alive!



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Thunderstorm Forecasts Have Been Largely Overhyped

Posted 05-19-2021 at 05:15 PM by case44

I'll never say for us not to let our guards down. Oh, no. But you have to wonder just how much hype the people at the National Weather Service have given recent rain and storm forecasts, at least where some parts of Dallas are concerned.

Now, I don't wish to downplay the isolated incidents which have occurred, like a recent tornado ripping apart a roof in North Dallas. The flood warnings, however, are very real and must be taken seriously. And there has been more severe weather in West Texas and Central Texas than there has been in my area in the last several days. My neighborhood has had off-and-on rain, but not much in the way of thunder or lightning. I've slept like a baby during this whole time and hadn't awakened in the middle of the night. As I've shared in a previous post, the Red River is what needs more rain than the cities and farmlands themselves. I'll be dipped if I hear one word about drought anywhere near the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We've had some good rains, but there will be more to come. The aforementioned Red River has gone from a mud trail a month ago to a significant water covering two weeks ago. After this series of events, we should see a good rise in water in the Red River once again. Hopefully, when we get to the weekend, all the rain activity can finally taper off. As I've stated in my last post, this critter wants to head for Oklahoma on my next days off from work. And Norman is usually a very volatile area in May and June, so all eyes will be kept open. Early forecasts for that trip keep changing, but the latest calls for a slight chance of rain on Sunday, with Monday looking fairly good.

Where the victims of severe weather events are concerned, my heart does go out to all involved, directly or indirectly. You never want to get caught unprepared, and that's actually better than to hear a hyped forecast and see nothing of consequence happen. Sometimes, meteorologists do get a bit trigger-happy with their forecasting techniques, and not every prediction has to include doom and gloom.

It's like I've said before: Never let your guards down when it comes to potential severe weather. The key word here is potential, and you can't take that for granted.
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    I get the feeling that the hardest-hit part of the state this week has been within 50 miles or so of the Sabine River. While there have been pockets of bad stuff around the state (like in Fayette County), I think the flooding in the Golden Triangle has been really bad, and they’re really tired of it across the river in Lake Charles, La. East of there in the Pelican State is apparently getting hit very hard, too.
    Posted 05-19-2021 at 09:07 PM by shoe01 shoe01 is offline

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