Tuesday, July 19, 2011

stormy weather

The squalls keep coming--vicious thunderstorms with lightning tearing apart the sky. Mr. G hates storms and has consequently dragged 3/4 of his worldly possessions to the basement for safety's sake. He's convinced (thanks to Tornado Awareness Week) that our house will be destroyed and only the basement will be okay. For the record, his room's upstairs, so there's a constant stream of stuffed animals, tinker toys, Legos and bedding left along his route down one hallway, down a flight of stairs, through the kitchen and down the steps to the basement. Things get dropped along the way and I pass through and think of the Oregon Trail and all the settler's belongings strewn by the side of the wheel ruts in the ground.

My gardens are flattening as the wind and rain pelts down. The sunflowers lean sideways, the daisies look like giants have stepped through the beds.

On a happy note, I don't need to water anything with these storms. I only have to set the chairs upright and kick the random Bey Blades out of my way when I move through my kitchen.

I'm struck by the power of these storms, they are magnificent to watch through the safety of my windows. The thunder reverberates in my heart and it's really something to see the world illuminated in total darkness with a single flash of electricity.

Spill it, reader. How does the stormy weather go down in your neck of the woods?

23 comments:

  1. We lost power in this heat with the storms...YUCK

    ReplyDelete
  2. We're on tornado watch here too, when the storms come in. So far, nothing, except for a small spiral cloud I photographed. I like the image of the trail of toys. Hmmmm.... Sounds like my house.... ;)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Our storms have given us lots of wind to flatten crops and hardly enough rain. I'd suggest giving Mr. G a suitcase or a duffle bag....then he'd have all of his prized toys ready to grab (without the trail of toys!). Just think in a few months these storms will be all but a memory while we're up to our armpits in snow! (ugh!)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Our poor sweet corn looks like an invalid crop...Farmer has it all roped up so it stays standing. I'm not a huge fan of the storms myself...and I totally understand Mr. G...I still do the same thing myself! Esp. in tornado season!

    ReplyDelete
  5. O Greens ~ when we lived in Illinois, a couple times the public alert sirens went off during such weather and mom would grab her jewelry ( ! ) and we would head ~ yep! to the basement.

    Good for Mr. G, knowing what's up! *hahaha! It's good you don't have a cellar, right?

    I llloovvvve storms, rain, thunder, lightning, the works!! In Iowa and Illinois...not so much Colorado...we had all that. Mom called tornado-weather or hailstone clouds "pan-of-roll" clouds because they looked like upside-down pans of dinner rolls. Clouds with hail were usually greenish. I love the low, dark, bruise-colored storm skies...the smell of the oncoming potential of water water water & distant electric crackle that crosses the sky at a white-light's unknown pace!!!

    now, it doesn't rain much here in the desert.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Stormy weather would be nice. It's drought conditions here ans further south.

    When it gets bad and the sirens come on, we head to the basement!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Stormy weather is the same here, minus the Oregon Trail to the basement. In fact, if anything, my girls will climb up to their secret attic and watch the action from there.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Usually in summer, it pours with thunder and lightning every day, late afternoon, for about 20 min. This summer is weird. Doesn't rain as often, but when it does, it's like a hurricane with high winds.

    ReplyDelete
  9. We could use some storms right now - it's been really dry, and this week is very hot.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Here in Mpls where the heat index is set to reach 115 this afternoon, we are breathing shallowly and without enthusiasm.

    This isn't summer. Why are we being punished?!

    :-)

    Should be over by Friday, where we will return to normal temperatures (high 80s/low 90s). It will seem like a treat. :-D

    Pearl

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love storms, thunder, lightning and yes...even rain-most of the time. Why else would I live in PO?

    Of course there is a limit to my liking and love is a very strong word...I'm ready for some...summer sun

    ReplyDelete
  12. The thunder has been dramatic, hasn't it? I've been a little more nervous ever since the tornadoes that hit Kaukauna. We were standing outside (duh) watching the incredible clouds as the funnel hinted it was beginning. I won't do that again! Ruined me for storms for a while.

    ReplyDelete
  13. It's been hot & sunny here lately. And of course, all the people who were whining that the sun was never out are the same ones complaining how it's too hot now. Go figure. We had a nasty storm the other day that left us without power for 3 hours. But for the most part, it's been hot, which has been kind of nice.

    I don't blame Mr. G for wanting to find a safe spot. I love watching lightning but don't like the forest fires it generates.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I LOVE storms! This spring, however, we had a tornado touch down near us, and my daughter (10 yrs old) and I saw the damage as we drove over to a friend's house. Now, when the severe storm sirens go off, she goes critical. We have to go to the basement, turn on our weather radio, and I don't get to experience the storms :( I'm hoping she'll get over this soon!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Last night we spent about 40 minutes in the car waiting for the rain and lightning to pass so the boys could finish their ball game.

    Luckily neither of my boys are afraid of storms. I like a good thunder storm.

    ReplyDelete
  16. I thrill to any kind of significant weather. Even this heat pleases me. So, yes, I get excited about a good thunderstorm and often stand on my balcony to get as close as I can without making myself a target for lightning strikes.

    ReplyDelete
  17. We don't really have storms--which is the one thing my husband really misses from his childhood in Tennessee.

    ReplyDelete
  18. That is so precious to think of Mr. G going back and forth in order to be "ready".
    My first storm since being back here in Oklahoma was scary as could be, but now that I'm a veteran I love the storms. However, I think the last one was quite awhile ago.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I LOVE storms, I love to be near the sea in them and watch the waves. Our house here goes 'Whooo-ooo-wuwuwuwu-wooo!' with the wind sometimes and we all love it.

    But my brother was in a yacht once that was rolled over and the mast broke, when he was ten. They all nearly died and he and his buddy were absolutely, completely terrified, sitting below decks in lifejackets unable to do anything. The grownups were on deck freaking out. Can you imagine? I think of boats in a storm.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I love a good thunderstorm. Mr. G is reminding me of my children. My kids have spent to much time watching crazy stuff on The Weather Channel. We can get pretty severe storms in Georgia. Sadly were in a drought right now, just not getting enough.

    ReplyDelete
  21. My kids have been sleeping right through all the thunderstorms. When they are awake we usually like to watch them from the front porch or from inside if the storms are closer.
    I LOVE a good storm. And we've been so dry that I WELCOME them. Especially when they come at night and the days are dry and sunny. :)

    ReplyDelete
  22. We don't have storms. I miss them. Hoping to catch some in Vermont later this Summer.

    ReplyDelete

Spill it, reader.