Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Rain Garden in Action!

Today, as is the case on many summer days, Pittsburgh had a thunderstorm with lots of lightning, wind, and rain. According to the National Weather Service, there was a 59 MPH wind gust, and some places received 1 to 2 inches of rain in an hour! Where I was at, it did not appear to have rained an inch, but there was still rather heavy rain for a while. I went to check out one of the rain gardens we built two weeks ago, which is the only one that is already fully hooked up.

Rain Garden Creek

Here's a picture (sorry for the blurriness, it was dark out due to the storm). This rain garden was so effective, that water didn't make it much further than the little creek flowing from the gutter to the rain garden area. Right now it doesn't drain the whole roof, and more water may be added to it later. Nevertheless, this is the first time I got to see a Pittsburgh rain garden in action. It was great to watch since there was a comfortable porch right next to it.

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