Bob Warr was digging along the edge of the yard. There was a flat of marigolds sitting nearby. I stopped to pass the time of day. He seemed pleased to entertain the interruption. He stood and leaned against his side of the fence.
We chatted generally about the weather, as guys are wont to do. This led to Bob's observation about the news reader the previous evening reporting on the floods in Texas. "She was reading along and as she neared the end of the report she said, 'The rain fell at a rate of two inches per hour and the rivers overflew their banks.' That," he continued, "was the first time I had ever heard of such a thing. Imagine what I was seeing in my mind's eye as I tried to picture rivers overflying their banks!"
That is just wrong on so many levels. Grammatically, editorially, educationally, meteorologically, and in general fluvial and riparian behavior. Ah, the joys of the twenty-first century.
Bob's report is accurate. BBBH and I were tuned to the same newscast. We both heard the same thing.