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Flash Bam

August 6th, 2013

It is 1600 in the afternoon and I was about to step foot out the door, headed downtown to pick up a book. While I was at it, the plan was to off-load another backpack of books at the free bookshelf. It is a nice, pleasant walk in spite of the summer heat wave.

Suddenly it seemed much, much darker and a whirl of leaves blew in the door. I had to run and close a few windows which started smashing in their frames at the sudden blast of wind. I realized that the temperature must be down at least five degrees in the last fifteen minutes and the sky has turned a sickly green color. If I was in the US, I would be looking for tornados, but we simply don’t have them here.

greenish roiling sky

greenish roiling sky

I went and rescued the newspapers which had blown all over the terrace to the sound of rapidly approaching thunder. I am now looking out the terrace door with thunder cracking as the lightening finishes with peal upon peal deafening in its intensity.

the start

the start

The rain is sheeting across the terrace and pouring off every horizontal surface.

but no hail

but no hail

It is icy and I shiver just watching it and imagining if I had finished and left even ten minutes earlier.

raining hard enough to photo

raining hard enough to photo

I am warm, with my computer, knitting and cup of cocoa. My iPhone weather apps are all reporting 29*C with 70% chance of thundershowers. I think someone needs to insert some manual sense. It is raining those winds are certainly blowing harder than 4km an hour.

Ah, as I watch, TWC (the weather channel) drops the temp to 20* but the rest of them are still letting me it is 30*C. Go figure, I don’t get it.



At 1700, the storm is over and I head out to run my errands. The pavement is already starting to dry and the sun is shining. Ok, so maybe I still have to wash the car?

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  1. Mary
    August 6th, 2013 at 20:26 | #1

    Amazing! We had that storm yesterday afternoon sans thunder & lightening!!

    Glad you weren’t half way to town!

  2. August 6th, 2013 at 22:08 | #2

    We don’t get tornadoes either and yet one took the roof off a church in Sunnyvale about 20 years ago. Weather patterns are changing. Be careful out there.

  3. August 8th, 2013 at 15:36 | #3

    Every afternoon in CO we have rain showers, and lightening. One storm our house was hit by lightening and this weekend we are traveling to Denver to help my sister-in-law clear the trees that came down when a micro tornado hit their backyard! Weather is crazy everywhere.

  4. Holly
    August 8th, 2013 at 18:06 | #4

    I am being careful. It also means that I am not soaked!

  5. Pat
    August 8th, 2013 at 18:07 | #5

    At last! Someone who is sensible about knowing what tornado weather actually looks like! People here have no clue, and we DO have tornados here!

  6. Helen
    August 8th, 2013 at 18:08 | #6

    Sounds like a typical day in Adelaide!

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