"Honey, I hope you never TIRE of me," I scribbled onto an overpriced Mother's Day card. My wife's big gift was four new tires, because nothing says I love you like good tread. Hey, cut me a break. Just trying to be practical. Roses and chocolate only go so far.

We live in a world of risk, but there are steps you can take to keep the odds in your favor. Good tires, to avoid hydroplaning on wet roads. All-wheel drive for traction year-round. NOAA Weather Radio. Staying indoors when thunder is grumbling overhead. And not driving into flooded roads. Nearly 600 Americans have died in floods since 2011; 61 percent of these fatalities were in vehicles.

I could see some flash flooding this week as a series of storms ripple along a slow-moving front. The best chance of severe storms and hail comes Tuesday; heaviest rains come Wednesday, again Saturday. As much as 2 to 3 inches may fall this week, with highs in the 50s Friday into Sunday.

Payback for a flawless Fishing Opener/Mother's Day weekend? You betcha.