Our house appears to be in the Twilight Zone. Any idea why?
October 6, 2013 7:45 AM Subscribe
It appears to be raining only in in 20-foot circle on the street in front of our house. Yes, I know how weird that sounds. It's going on right now. Hoping someone can think of some reason why.
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Last night, a neighbor rang our doorbell and said there is a wet spot on on street in front of our house - a wet spot they noticed some 10 hours earlier. Then I grabbed a flashlight (we live in a wooded area with no street lighting) and sure enough, the pavement was wet and so was the grass. Picture a 20-foot circle half on the grass, half on the street. (I should note that there is only a 10-foot strip of grass then old growth woods in front of the house. We're talking trees up to 80 feet high.) Curiously, though the pavement and grass were wet, the dirt is somewhat dry.
Then I feel a spritzing as if it's starting to rain. Okay, odd. Then I walk back toward our house and, wait, it's not raining over here. Yep, only in the mystery 20 foot circle. So, okay, gotta be a water main break shooting water up in the air, right? Can't see or hear anything like that. Still, we call the water company. They send a guy out. He checks our meter and the lines and other stuff then proclaims, "In 27 years I've never seen anything like this. My conclusion is that it's raining only in a 20 foot circle in front of your house." He says they'll come back tomorrow (today) in the daylight to check again.
Well, it's morning here. I've been up there. Neighbors have been up there. Friends have been up there. No one can figure it out. It still appears to be raining only in a 20-foot circle in front of our house. I thought maybe airline ice got caught in a tree. My wife thinks the one 80-foot tree directly above it has tapped a root into the water main, is sucking water up and letting it out. Yes, these are our best theories. Some other info that may or may not be important: There's very odd weather for the Philadelphia region right now. It's in the 80s and very humid. Rare for October. Another point ... when you shine a spotlight upward at night, you can see the drops falling from above the power lines. I've also walked up and down both sides of the road in case it's springing up from a neighbor's lot and somehow blowing/creeping across the canopy. Other than that, I got nothing. Anybody got any ideas or do I open a shrine?