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10 June 2008 @ 09:37 pm
Storm update  
According to the latest report, it should be hitting the town just West of me now.
And be here a few minutes after that. Four, perhaps?

Here's what they say:

THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM. IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH...PREPARE
IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS...DESTRUCTIVE HAIL...AND DEADLY CLOUD
TO GROUND LIGHTNING. PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER...
PREFERABLY INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING BUT AWAY FROM WINDOWS.
IN ADDITION TO LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS...CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO
GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS
IMMEDIATELY! LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES NUMBER ONE KILLERS.
REMEMBER...IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER...YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.


I think I'll unplug the computer. What do you think?
And get ready for a light show.
Still not convinced, though; I've had so many promises and so little follow-through with storms this season.

Talk to you later... perhaps from Kansas, you never know.


.... I hear wind....
 
 
 
betonicabetonica on June 11th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
update...
Well, it's not really over yet. And I probably shouldn't be on line because I still hear rumbles in the background. But it's mostly past.

It was nice. Which, for a thunderstorm, is damning with faint praise. Other towns appear to have had more of an adventure. I might hear more later, but for now, I'm taking a good book up to bed, with the distant thunder as background music.

No trips to Oz this time.
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betonicabetonica on June 11th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
Re: update...
It was 60F when I got up. 60!! I am so delighted. The air outside is blissfully wonderful.

Still wish we'd gotten a better show (and, for that matter, more rain - I don't know if what we got really drenched the parched ground enough), but it's not bad for starters. They're predicting more thunderstorms for the weekend - hopefully those won't vanish before they arrive.
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betonicabetonica on June 11th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
rain dance
I hope you get rain. Us too.

I'm going to build an artist's cabin with a friend this summer (with our extensive knowledge of building, *cough*) and we're planning on having a metal roof and rain barrel for the water supply.

I wish we'd had more sound and fury - I like it. Although the relative calm meant I wasn't called out to sit in a truck, watching a downed power line arc on the road, and (hopefully successfully) prevent idiots from trying to walk or drive past it. Those kind of nights aren't that conducive to sleep.
flarenutflarenut on June 11th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
Hope things went OK there. Power is still out here. And in Burlington they were having tornado warnings...
betonicabetonica on June 11th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
weather
They were pretty mild. The power didn't even flicker, as far as I'm aware. I hope you get yours back, soon! We had tornado warnings but they were canceled before the storm hit.

I was interested to find a web site at one point, when I was wondering whether the storm would pan out, that had very specific locations (nearby) of where it had hit and when, and predictions (in the plus/minus five-minute range) of when it would hit the rest of the towns.

Well, not including my town. We're insignificant, apparently. So I took the ETA for the nearby towns and calculated when it would hit based on their "moving at 44 mph" assessment of the storm.

Actually, that didn't work so well. It should have hit my house around 9:45, but I got the first raindrops at 10:05, and the closest lightning at 10:10.

Still, it was fun to even be that close in the estimate.
flarenutflarenut on June 12th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
Re: weather
Yeah, I was walking around during a lull around 8, and ran into a neighbor who said that the real storm was supposed to come in at 820. 818 and it started pelting. (Then it stopped again and came for real about 840, which would match with your 20 minutes late thing.)

We found out about the tornado warnings while we were at the mall in So. Burl -- one of the salespeople at Sears mentioned it while explaining that he was long sold out of the item we'd stopped by for, even though sears.com insisted they had plenty. Then the lights in the whole store went out for a couple seconds. (And the escalators stopped working even after the lights came back, which should really be no surprise.)