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16 June 2008 @ 03:42 pm
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This is take two of the hope-I-get-a-storm program.

The mist, as I speak, is pouring into my meadow.  And I mean pouring.  It's drifting over the trees from the West, and pouring down onto the field.  A very interesting phenomenon.  The lighting has gone from cloudy-but-summer-day to near twilight.  And a bit ago I heard thunder in the distance, so I should disconnect.

At least it rained last night and this morning.  There's massive flooding out west, and even flooding north of me by 50 miles or so, but here in my town we're "dry as a bone."  Not, really, compared to the Southwest.  But for us, dry: if you dig down six inches the soil is drier than it is on top, which is quite unusual in these parts.

There goes that thunder, again.

Wish me luck.
 
 
 
offcenter_wcoffcenter_wc on June 17th, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
Mid-afternoon:

Heading up I-90 to I-290...looking north and seeing a wall cloud just like on the Weather Channel. Fascinating. So much so that I'm watching for rotation. Nothing, but there's a big rain curtain and things are getting really dark.

Time to push it. I'm not really worried about severe weather, but it's just a pain in the ass unloading the Implements Of Destruction (um, the tool box and other service thingies) in a monsoon.

I-290 and I-990 junction: the dark surrounds me. Coming off the on-ramp, a loud thud. Who threw the rock at me? Oops. No rock. Hail.

I gotta admit that compared to just about everyone else, I haven't had the pleasure of quarter-(and larger)-size hail out on the road. And considering the stimulus of said hail and what it might do to one's windshield, I kick the wipers on high speed and floor it, heading towards the next overpass.

Amazing. Hail on the roof of an Econoline is deafening, and as I boogie through it to the overpass, I'm not really concerned for my safety, I just don't want to fill out all the insurance paperwork.

Finally: the overpass. Quick braking, aim for a spot between the construction road cones, flick the steering wheel to the right and kinda slide to safety. Followed by three other cars who were thinking the same thing.

It doesn't last too long. Later reports tell of golf-sized hail elsewhere. I'll settle for dodging the bullets for now...
velochicdunordvelochicdunord on June 17th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
So, how'd you fare?

We've been getting regular energetic dumps, usually after 4 pm, most of the past five days.
There've been some spectacular storms, keeping the oak trees outside the windows whipping like frenzied broccoli.


betonicabetonica on June 18th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
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We got a moderate amount of rain, and some reasonable thunder and lightning. We aren't quite as parched as before. But everyone else seems to have gotten the lion's share of the water, really. I'm still waiting for that dramatic storm to come through.

This evening's weather is par for the course: we were originally forecast (I think) 70% chance of rain with intermittent thunder showers. It is now clear and cool, and the rain for tomorrow has dropped from an original forecast of something like 60% down to 40%. Wouldn't be surprised if tomorrow's rain completely vanishes before it even gets here.

I worry about this global warming thing, I do. It's supposed to bring more erratic weather, and longer dry and wet spells, and I think it's doing just that.