Thunderstorms and some heavy rains overnight

It didn’t seem like it rained a lot last night, but I found 1.63” in the gauge this morning, so it obviously added up.  We had some losses of power similar to what Powderfreak noted – a couple short ones in the evening, and then it went back out again around 8:00 P.M. and it was gone for the night.  It came back on early this morning at some point.  I didn’t stay awake for it, but apparently we had thunder and lightning pretty continuously through about 2:00 A.M.  This morning I was surprised to see the Winooski way back up to a level even with our local V.A.S.T. bridge and hogging almost the entire valley in our area, just like back in mid April when the snowpack was starting to melt.  I think it may have even been a bit higher this time, as the typically flooded residences and farmland west of the Cider House seemed quite inundated with water.  The water was probably the closest I’ve seen it to washing over Route 2 in that area – I think another foot of depth and there would have been water on the road.  I was surprised it got so high relative to the amount of water I recorded in the gauge, but then I checked the CoCoRaHS maps and saw that one observer over in Caledonia County reported 3.66” of water with this event.  I don’t think they are actually in our drainage, but clearly someone out to our east got a load of water from these storms overnight.  Our bus was late this morning due to road closures in the Montpelier area, so things have certainly been disrupted by the water.  I added an image of the VT CoCoRaHS table of Daily Precipitations Reports as of ~7:30 A.M. this morning, and it indicates that someone over in Danville got over 4 inches of liquid from these storms, so there are reports of some large amounts of liquid coming in from Caledonia County.

Table of rain totals from CoCoRaHS, May 27th, 2011
Some Vermont rain totals from the thunderstorms that came through the area overngight - some areas of Caledonia County to our east had over 4 inches of rain

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