Ernesto — We are downgraded :^(

I got my hopes up last night.  The weather channel  actually had someone in Richmond.  I thought we were in for a storm.  Like usually happens with snow storms and the like…my presence here caused the storm to veer off track.  Instead of 8-12 or even 14 inches of Rain, Richmond is only going to get 2 or 3.  We've even been "downgraded" (my words) to an Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory:

Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory

CITY OF HOPEWELL VA-CHARLES CITY VA- CHESTERFIELD VA- CITY OF RICHMOND VA- NEW KENT VA-HENRICO VA-HANOVER VA- CITY OF COLONIAL HEIGHTS VA- 855 AM EDT FRI SEP 1 2006

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WAKEFIELD HAS ISSUED AN

* URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR MINOR FLOODING OF POOR DRAINAGE AREAS IN… CITY OF HOPEWELL IN SOUTH CENTRAL VIRGINIA CHARLES CITY COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL VIRGINIA CHESTERFIELD COUNTY IN CENTRAL VIRGINIA CITY OF RICHMOND IN CENTRAL VIRGINIA NEW KENT COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL VIRGINIA HENRICO COUNTY IN CENTRAL VIRGINIA HANOVER COUNTY IN CENTRAL VIRGINIA CITY OF COLONIAL HEIGHTS IN CENTRAL VIRGINIA

* UNTIL 1245 PM EDT

* AT 850 AM EDT DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED RAIN BANDS OF MODERATE INTENSITY MOVING ACROSS THE AREA. THIS WILL LIKELY PRODUCE SOME MINOR FLOODING… PARTICULARLY IN POOR DRAINAGE AND LOW LYING AREAS.

AS TROPICAL STORM ERNESTO MOVES NORTH…SHOWERS AND POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORMS WILL AFFECT THE AREA THROUGH 1230 PM.

MINOR FLOODING MEANS THAT ALTHOUGH STREAMS AND CREEKS MAY RISE OUT OF THEIR BANKS…PROPERTY DAMAGE WILL BE MINIMAL. INCONVENIENCES CAN BE EXPECTED BUT THE FLOODING WILL NOT BE IMMEDIATELY LIFE THREATENING.

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. MOST FLOODING DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. TURN AROUND AND FIND ANOTHER ROUTE.

DO NOT LET YOUR CHILDREN PLAY NEAR DRAINAGE DITCHES…STORM SEWERS OR STREAMS.

BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION IF THE FLOODING THREAT INCREASES…OR A WARNING IS ISSUED.

LAT…LON 3766 7719 3767 7713 3760 7709 3757 7698 3758 7698 3754 7697 3756 7692 3750 7680 3743 7690 3737 7691 3731 7718 3733 7728 3729 7726 3728 7731 3731 7734 3725 7740 3744 7779 3758 7763 3762 7765 3783 7750

This never fails.  In the winter, it snows where I'm not.  Now, it rains where I'm not.  I should hire out my services to people who don't want it to snow where they are.

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