Wedding worries of a hydro F-i-L

May 16, was the blessed day my son, Griffith, married his sweetheart, Brooke. Not only did I gain a daughter-in-law, my son’s bride gained a link to hydro — well, so to speak.

Prior to the nuptials, Brooke and Griff planned to publicly make their vows of matrimony in an outdoor setting at a location that overlooks a lake. Beautiful! About 58 miles from home! Romantic!

If you have ever planned a wedding your brain probably stuck itself on, “about 58 miles from home,” and “outdoor setting.”

The couple married in Oklahoma, which is not so special in and of itself, but what is of note is the fact they scheduled their event during what historical records indicate is the most rainy period of the year for the Sooner state.

The only reason Brooke and Griff set this particular date was so that it would accommodate family members’ schedules.

I held my peace, knowing the period was Oklahoma’s version of monsoon time. How did I even know about the rain issue?


Mr. and Mrs. Griffith B. Poindexter/Courtesy Cara Sylvers

In covering all things related to dams, civil structures and hydroelectric powerhouses, I have been keeping an eye on the Brazilian drought. That led me to look at global weather patterns for rainy seasons.

That, my hydro friend, is how I knew the happy couple chose “MonSooner” time to get hitched.

As a matter of fact within the wet season, for nearly the past decade, the weeks of May 3 and May 10 have been the wettest of the wet. Needless to say, two days before the wedding — rain.

The night before the wedding — rain.

The day of the wedding…

Published news reports give an accurate accounting of the destruction from storms and tornadoes late night May 16, in the area of metropolitan Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The happy newly weds spent part of their wedding night in a storm shelter, but for the actual wedding — no rain. Yeehaw!

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Gregory B. Poindexter formerly was an associate editor for

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