Normally, we don’t mention such items, but we have been experiencing a dandy story here in East Texas this morning.

Since 5 AM we’ve had more than 5.5″ of rain dumped on us, and doing a little math on how much water than is for our 29-acre patch of Paradise, it pencils out to about 4.3 million gallons.

To be sure, we’re on the side of what (in Texas) passes for “mountains.”  Not even foothills amongst real mountains, but Texans tend to exaggerate things just a bit here and there.

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It’s a nice distraction from the other news of the day and the stock market’s manic run (covered in depth on our subscriber side) but it is worth keeping an eye on because this much rain – if it hits crop lands – is enough to cause damage.

The outlook here is for it to end in a few hours, but it’s still going strong as of 9 AM and another in, or so, is possible here.

We will keep an eye on this – since if it hits a major metro area where the MSM can get at it, it ought to get way out-of-proportion coverage as a visual relief from all the talking head stories.

Long ago, news surveys says that people watching news only really care about a small universe of topics:  health, heart, pocketbook, and weather.  We reckon that research from 30 years back likely isn’t much different than today.

If you go over to and put in Palestine, Texas and zoom out a bit, you’ll be able to watch as this monster moves off, presumably to the Northeast later on this morning.

Couple this with the tropical depression that got Floridians worked up over a lousy 2-inches of rain, and it still all doesn’t amount to “climate change” or anything close.

It does approximate weather, however, and is thus worth a moment to go out looking at forecasts to see just how wet a summer this could be.

If it turns out to be extremely wet, to the point of damaging crops, then that does become an economic issue to watch.  Food prices have been held in check by low energy prices and such, but supply and demand are related over time and any disruption of food stocks down the road could have major ripple effects back into markets.

Off to tighten the mooring lines on the house now…more tomorrow at our usual time.

Oh – should also mention that my latest book “The Millennial’s Missing Manual”  What School’s didn’t teach and what Old People didn’t explain…” should be popping up today or tomorrow on Amazon for Kindle.  Just got it uploaded ahead of tomorrow night’s appearance by that nutter-in-the-woods on CoasttoCoastAM with George Noory tomorrow night.

Show details are over here

And the second half of the show will be worth staying up for because  Michael Horn’s work on Billy Meier’s prophesies is quite interesting!

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