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June 23rd, 2000

Here Comes the Rain Again (or I Can Stand the Rain)

The other night I was standing outside on my porch just watching lightning. There were probably 5 or 6 strikes each minute, and there was that something in the air that confirmed that a heavy rain was coming. A neighbor from across the street was just standing in his backyard staring at the the sky, as well. Then in a matter of, literally, 5 seconds, I saw the man across the street scurry into his house, I felt a drop on my head, so I backed up to the door of my house, and the rain went from zero to pouring in the blink of an eye. The winds picked up and our street was instantly turned into a flowing river. Since the rain was starting to blow onto the porch, I headed inside but had a heck of a time trying to shut the door — I had to use both hands and then a shoulder-shove to get it shut. Amazing.

I thought briefly about weather and realized that wussy little drizzles or snow flurries just don’t do it for me — I love seeing the dark, forboding, ominous, insert your own adjective here sky in the few minutes before a storm hits. And then, provided I don’t have to drive, I want a downpour or a heavy snowstorm — the middle ground just isn’t the same. -ram

Posted in Weather

FROM: Matt
DATE: Sunday June 25, 2000 -- 3:46:23PM
Ryan I'm with you here man. I love when we get between 1-2 feet of snow and everyone pannicks and buys bread,milk,eggs,butter, and toilet paper. What wusses, what are they planning on doing? making a shitty breakfast followed by taking a dump? I'm all for the terror that these storms cause and the beauty in them.

FROM: Aaron
DATE: Sunday June 25, 2000 -- 4:39:55PM
Those Virginia thunderstorms were pretty awesome (in the true sense of the word). I remember being caught in my car on the road in one or two of those. You literally could not see past the hood of your car, you had to either drive at 1MPH or just pull off to the side. I remember a few summers past, the storm knocked out the power at work, so a group of us sat in one room with a wall of windows and just watched the storm unfold: thunder, lightning, rain, and strong gusts of wind. It was pretty wild.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday June 26, 2000 -- 5:19:21PM
We had a double-dose of storm skies last night in VA. About 8pm I sat on the porch and watched as the storm hit, and then again at 11pm I went out and just stared at the sky watching the constant lighting. As one Pinger pointed out, my neighbors are going to start referring to me as "the crazy guy who sits on his porch eating ice cream while staring at the sky." Oh well. :)

FROM: Monica
DATE: Monday March 5, 2001 -- 8:02:01PM
if anyone is ever in Madison WI during the spring/summer, let me know if you want to go storm chasing--because there are QUITE a few people here REALLY into it. (here in the atmospheric sciences department, that is. Lots of weather weenies!)
But you at least have to be able to read a map and be very very patient.

DATE: Sunday January 23, 2005 -- 12:04:25 pm
It sucks, we have one of the new houses that dont have front porches, fahrenheit 451 was right, well we did when i lived in pittsburgh and we would sit there and watch the storms, but now we cant cause we will get wet, i dont care about that but lightning is on my mom's mind.

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