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Thursday, September 2, 2010

There's Nothing Like...

...a good late afternoon thunderstorm. We had one yesterday. It thundered and rumbled overhead for over an hour and a half, and I was in heaven.

I've always loved a storm, ever since I was a little girl and my siblings would all run to Mom at every crack of thunder and flash of lightening. I don't know why they've never scared me. But instead of fear, I feel invigorated and alive when nature is giving us its worst.

Now, don't get me wrong. I've lived in North Texas all of my life other than one year spent in Alaska. I know the power and destruction these storms can have. When the clouds turn from dark gray or black to an off-greenish color, I know that means tornadoes are possible. I've seen (and felt) the damage done by hail. Even just strong winds can rip tree branches from the trunks, or even nearly uproot them from the ground. Only a few blocks from my house is an example of that . . . an old, gnarled tree that was ripped in two, straight down the middle of the trunk. One half still stands, but the other half has been on its side for as long as I can remember.

When I see the warning signs of imminent threat, I know to take cover.

But as long as it is just a powerful storm, but not a life-threatening storm? I want to experience it.

I'm one of those crazy people that would rather go for a walk in a thunderstorm than on a clear, sunny day. I like to feel the rain pounding down on my head and taste the electricity in the air and feel the rumbles of thunder rolling along under my feet.

Thunderstorms make me feel alive like little else in the world can.

So color me surprised when, during that year I lived in Alaska, I discovered that I could live there for years and likely never experience a thunderstorm. Most of the people I worked with while I was there had never seen lightening or heard thunder, other than on TV or in movies.

Apparently it doesn't get warm enough for the atmospheric change necessary to produce a thunderstorm up there.

Oh, sure. It rained. It rained a lot. Sometimes it rained really hard.

But there wasn't that sudden drop of temperature, that rush of wind coming up next to you, that fresh smell of rain-soaked clouds billowing overhead, that sense of excitement that comes with the first deafening crack that rents through the sky.

There was just rain.

More than my family, more than my friends, more than streets and stores I was familiar with, the thing I was most excited about when I came back home to Texas was thunderstorms.

Do you love a good storm? Or is there something else you love, which the rest of the world might think you crazy for loving?


  1. I prefer beautiful deep fog over storms. There is just something so soothing about them. I love a foggy night and the slow clearing of a foggy morning. I have been known to run out of the house just to be in all that lovely whiteness. LOL

  2. the sound of crickets. It drives my husband crazy but I think they are relaxing. Storms....scary!

  3. Most people where I live complain about the snow, which is too bad since it can start falling as early as October and sometimes lasts through April.

    I love the snow. When the snow is falling, the temperatures aren't too bad. And after a good snow covers everything, the sun reflects off the white and lights up the world. How could anyone possibily be depressed with so much light? At night, sometimes I'll turn off the lights inside and it still looks like daylight outside.

    It sure beats gray, rainy winters, which is what I had when I lived in the south.

  4. I am with you. I absolutly love thunderstorms. There is something energizing about them that draws me. But, I do become cautious when that no-so-lovely greenish color is present. As long as there aren't tornado warnings blaring I am as close to it as I can get and still be safe. I have a strong respect for lightening after last summer when it hit not far from me while I was in my car. We are supposed to have thunderstorms today. Right now it is just grey.

  5. I'm so with you, Catherine! I LOVE storms. I love walking in the rain. I HATE umbrellas, much to my husband's chagrin. I would much rather be pelted with the rain - it's so refreshing and, like you said, makes me feel so alive! I love it!

    Sadly, NYC doesn't get a lot of thunderstorms...just a few a year. Oh, well... there's always a trade off :)

  6. Heather, I'm a little fascinated by fog too, but I can't say I've ever gone to sit in the fog. I've driven through it more times than I'd care to remember though.

    Bearded Lady, I'll admit I'm with your husband on the crickets. They drive me to distraction!

    Samantha, the bright whiteness of snow is one of the many things I love about it too. The whole world looks very, very different under a blanket of snow.

  7. Amy, that had to be so scary to have lightening so close to you! I've never had that happen...but I remember as a kid, trying to count the seconds between the flash of lightening and the crack of thunder to determine how far away it was.

    Jerrica, that would be my one problem with living somewhere in the northern part of the country again--the lack of thunderstorms. In North Texas, we sometimes get late summer storms like right now, we definitely get a number of them in the fall, but the best time of year for thunderstorms is spring. They come often, and they are very strong and sudden.

  8. I love a good storm, too. We had one here in Utah early this week - on Monday. I had to watch the storm through my office window while I tried to act like I was working. lol It's a good thing my boss didn't see me day-dreaming. But like you, I would rather be out in them instead of sitting behind a desk watching.

    I didn't know that about Alaska. Funny how we just asume thunderstorms are the same all over, huh? I'm glad you were able to appreciate them. That's always a good thing.


  9. I love thunderstorms, but I like them best at night. All the booming puts me right to sleep!

  10. Marie, I never realized that they didn't get thunderstorms everywhere either, until I got up to Alaska and wondered why we weren't experiencing them. Never would have thought it.

    Maria, I'll sleep straight through them too. In fact, we had one less than a year ago that woke knocked trees over, but I slept straight through it and didn't know anything about it until I was driving to work the next day.

  11. I love storms too. Pretty lightning off in the distance and the boom of thunder. It was a dark and stormy night... Not too original, but it does set a scene. :)

  12. My hubby loves storms. He gets all excited and runs out onto the porch like a four year old with a new toy. It's super cute.

    Storms don't bother me but my "relaxing" sound would have to be the ocean. It'll put me right to sleep. Great blog, makes me want to open my window and listen to the night sounds. I may just do that. Maybe it'll get my creativity going.