Monday, September 16, 2013

Talking About The Weather

"Everybody Talks About the Weather, But Nobody Does Anything About It."

~ Often attributed (perhaps erroneously) to Mark Twain

Bear Creek Park - Lakewood, Colorado
(Map by Google Maps)
The only reason for me to mention the weather today – for those of you who are reading this that have not seen a weather report out of Colorado lately – is that it has been the story of the week here in the Denver Metro Area. One station seems to talk about nothing else, well nothing but the weather and the obligatory 80% of the remaining time that they waste talking about the local football franchise.

The weather here has been just awful! We've had more rain in the last week than we generally get all year and the tributaries to the South Platte River are all running well above flood stage. So, why jump into this now!? Well, because this morning they mentioned "Bear Creek" for the first time on the news. Bear Creek is the creek that runs past my home. Granted, the only station that I have heard it on is the one that makes everything into way bigger a deal than it is – but there it was. Bear Creek is now in the news.

The good news is that the flooding along the creek is about thirty miles west of here, up in the mountains and there are at least three flood control dams that I can think of between here and there. That includes one that has a nice large half-empty reservoir behind it. And when it comes right down to it, I am a good twenty-feet above where the creek normally reaches and the entire park between here and there is designed as a flood catch basin.

So, there is really no reason to fear that I will be under water, but it was interesting to have my creek mentioned on the news – it so seldom is!

Wherever you are today I hope that you're staying High and Dry!

Don Bergquist – September 16, 2013– Lakewood, Colorado, USA

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