When Alexa said it, I goggled. An aerial flood? Was I being gaslighted by a robot? Were my radio antennas in danger? Was the sky about to turn to water?
The answers are, "Not exactly," "No," "No," and "No," and I should have Googled instead, but it wasn't great news. The National Weather Service has issued something that is the approximate opposite of a Flash Flood Watch: an Areal Flood Watch, a sort of creeping, relentless rising of water than can follow prolonged heavy rain. Ugly bureaucratese aside -- and what would you call it, in the near Twitter-sized character allotment of a weather alert? -- it's accurate enough and we have certainly had rain enough.
Today, all we get is cold. And colder; when I awoke at 5:00 (not oh-dark-thirty but you can still see its fading tracks), Indianapolis was already as warm as we're going to get today: 38 degrees. Winter is sneaking in.
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