My Phobia Fear Of Heavy Rain
Urenui River Taranaki NZ
Every Phobia Has A Name.
For rain phobias:
Pluviophobia - Fear of rain
or Antlophobia -- Fear of floods
I'm not sure what my phobia is called, but I do know that I have a fear of heavy rain warnings.
A person experiencing Pluviophobia may be on high alert regarding and obsess about weather forecasts.
I only need to hear "MetService has issued a severe weather warning and is forecasting heavy rain over the next 24 hours as the front approaches New Zealand and I have that terrible feeling in my chest, shortness of breath and feeling "Oh not another storm".
As of April 20 2013, my phobia is getting worst, those rain days are here again.
New Zealand has been in a drought, to 20th April we have only 280mm of rain for the year.
Our usual rainfall for this area is 3000mm, that means a lot of water to fall in the next 8 months.
As the months are passing by now middle of July (mid winter) there has only been 1000mm of the 3000mm, we have been getting for the last 10 years I have been recording the rain.
I am getting very concern about this big change in the weather, 5 months left of 2013 and 2000mm of rain still to come, I hope not.
River over flowing its banks
Heavy Rain Causes My Phobia To Increase.
Retiring from milking cows nearly ten years ago my husband and I brought a farm in eastern Taranaki about twenty kms inland from Urenui on the banks of the Urenui River and that really brought home to me about my fear of heavy rain.
We have a rain recorder, average yearly rain-fall 3,000 million meters (120 inches) of rain.
Shifted here May 2002, start of winter, that means rain, and we sure got rain, never dreaming that we would have that much rain, we were told the rainfall was about 1800mm a year.
When the rain does arrive, I can cope with it if it is during the night as I cannot see the river rising.
But heavy rain in the day-time river rising, I can only close the curtains, go to my little corner in the lounge and work on my computer, until it stops raining,or bedtime and then I do not sleep, only doze and have nightmares.
I remember when we first move on to this property, we had so much rain the river was up and down, had to wait to cross the bridge before we could feed the cows, we are surrounded by ranges, my nightmare where so bad, I dreampt that even the mermaids had had enough rain and vividy in my dreamt I saw the mermaids jumping of the ranges into the river and swimming out to sea.
I have never liked a lot of rain growing up as a child, there is something in my early years, that happened, but cannot account for it, only dread the words "severe weather warning" especially if heavy rain.
Do you have a phobia with heavy rain?
My Nightmare for this Phobia
I commented below about what caused me to have this phobia, ( I was all good about heavy rain before this happen) so now I will put it in writing.
We had been having a bad time trying to get a shearer to shear the ewes (that were feeding lambs) they hadn't been shorn in the autumn, which meant that they were being dragged down by their wet wool.
We manage to get one but he was unreliable and never turned up to shear them, (now if you know anything about this you get the sheep in the sheds the day before for them to have dry wool) now they had young lambs on them, we had to let them out of the shed to feed their lambs that afternoon and lock them up for shearing the next day after feeding their lambs, but would you believe it he never turned up until 2.00pm the next day, (he had problems with alcohol but we didn't know that when we asked him if he would shear them).
Later that afternoon the poor hungry sheep and lambs were put into a paddock with plenty of grass to get a good feed before dark (the one you can see in the photo that's on a river bank) it wasn't a bad evening September 27th, no sign of rain, so we thought we would leave them there so they could go on feeding during the night, as if we had put them on the hills behind that paddock there was no grass.
Well this is were it all when terribly wrong, after 2 days of trouble with not getting the shear, 2am in the morning 28th September a terrible storm broke out and did it fall down 43mm of rain, and those river banks you see in the photo where those beef weaner heifer are grazing fill up the river.
In the intro photo that is the same river full to the bream with flood waters.
Our house is on side were I took the photo, we had a very low bridge that when we have heavy rain the water and rubbish that the heavy water drag down the river goes over the top of the bridge and we can't get to the other side until the river drops.
That morning of that big rainstorm, I got up early, as soon as it was getting daylight to shift those sheep and lambs up on the hill, but it was too late the river was fall, no way of getting across the bridge.
The sheep had gone down the river banks to try to shelter from the rain (when sheep are first shorn they have no oil on their hides to stop the rain seeping through their skins) but as the water in the river came up, they had got trapped as there is only a couple of track to the top of the banks, and couldn't get back up.
I will never forget that terrible morning watching those ewes struggling trying to get out of the water and disappearing down the river, even now it's bringing tears to my eyes and i feel quite sick.
We lost 29 ewes, out of 60, I had 16 pet lambs that year to feed that lost their mothers.
This was my trauma why I have this terrible phobia.
Heavy rain causes flooding in New Zealand's Whanganui
Lightening - Thunder Storms
Electrical Storm Damage
Another electrical storm, causing so much damage, that is one of my dreads because every time we have heavy rain there is so much damage to clean up after, without the anguish I go through because of my phobia of heavy rain.
11 July 2011 a bad storm hit The Piko Valley where I live, loss of power for 2 days, before the power board got a helicopter in and put new power poles in the valley.
The photo above shows the power pole that caused the lost of power.
This is now ten days of terrible lightening, thunder and heavy rain.
MetService says another couple of days it should be clearing, cannot wait for that to happen.
Poor animals, I don't know how they cope with it, but no loss of stock yet, just mud everywhere, no place to feed out hay or silage, feed gets tramped into the ground, go off the track and the tractor is stuck.
Feel a lot better now I have written this, good way to release that pressure value.
Dairy Cows Grazing After Storm
A rain gauge is one thing that I have been using yearly for the last 15 years, and I wouldn't be without it
Where I live now, I have been using it for the last 10 years, our yearly rainfall is 3,000 mm a year, that's a lot of water.
I read it every 24 hours, and keep a recording of it, to keep a daily report on how much falls each month, and at the end of the year, the total matches the total rainfall on the rain gauge.
It also has a temperate gauge, for inside and out, I love my rain gage.
Great for any place like greenhouse that has temperature-sensitive goods, so they are safe and fresh. as well as measuring the rainfall.
© 2011 Elsie Hagley