Friday, August 24, 2007

Enough already!

I really, really missed storms while we were in the UK. A good thunderstorm. One that you could sit out on your porch and feel the refreshing spray from the rain after a hot summer day, listen to the rapid and rumbling KABOOM! of the thunder, and watch the electrical show in the night sky.

But this is a bit much!

Since we have been home we have had 3 tornado warnings and 3 or 4 (I lost count) severe thunderstorm warnings. We have watches and we have warnings. A watch is just saying that we have to "watch" out because this MIGHT happen. A warning is that this is already happening: there is already a storm going on or a funnel cloud has already been spotted.

Lowell has a siren at the volunteer fire dept for these warnings...just down the road from us.

Last night we were already in bed, but still up talking after midnight when we heard the siren. So we went upstairs to find out what was going on. Then today we were sitting outside as we watched dark clouds hasten up to us. Suddenly a strong wind swept through the area, knocking branches off trees and leaving a lot of debris in its path in just 20 minutes. The temp suddenly dropped about 15 degrees (F).

Last week, my parents (just 30 mins away) experienced a severe storm, pulling whole trees from the ground. One was knocked into their road, blocking it off completely. They were without power for 18 hours. Others for 3 days.

We are so waterlogged right now! I guess we brought the rain with us from Scotland. But this rain is different. It comes down fast and furious.

It's this heat! We have had such hot days. Today was around 95. Then we get a sweep of cold air and it causes to much turbulence.

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