Rain­drops

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and Hur­ri­canes Ka­t­rina, Maria and Irma.

Berks County hasn’t had an ex­treme pre­cip­i­ta­tion event since we got 24 inches of snow span­ning Jan. 22 and Jan. 23 in 2016, sec­ond all-time only to the 34-inch avalanche

that dropped on us Jan. 7-9, 1996.

As of this writ­ing, Berks has been spared a ma­jor snow­storm this win­ter. Of course, now that I’ve brought that up, ex­pect the Storm of the Cen­tury to bury us with smoth­er­ing snow at any mo­ment.

An un­for­get­table ex­treme weather event I will never for­get is the

wicked hail­storm that ripped through Berks on May 22, 2014. The hail chewed up my roof, sid­ing, spout­ing, garage door and deck, not to men­tion to­tal­ing my car while I was sit­ting in it.

Need­less to say, I’ve had bet­ter days. In its wake I found it im­pos­si­ble to free my­self from the quick­sand of deal­ing with con­trac­tors and in­sur­ance

com­pa­nies. It all left blis­ters on my heart.

If global warm­ing es­ca­lates, and it likely will since we’re not do­ing enough to ad­dress it, I fear that some­day we may all wash away un­der a tsunami of pre­cip­i­ta­tion.

Ni­a­gara Falls al­ready has a big wa­ter­fall. We don’t need one in Berks County.

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