Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Fast and Furious.
We went into town for lunch today. It was already overcast and we got some heavy rain on the way in, but I didn't think much of it. It's that time of year, and according to The Weather Channel we are getting way more rain than normal anyway.
We went to our favorite place for lunch. They are up on a hillside, with a great view of the mountains. People started coming in and talking about big hail and wind just outside of town. Then we saw the storm come over the mountains from the NE. It was just a black mass. There was lightning spiking down from it and the thunder was impressive. As it passed over the town the lights flickered and the silverware on the table shook. When particularly big bursts of thunder went off the floor would vibrate. Some of the women shrieked, that kind of thing where everybody laughs afterwards but they're still nervous and looking around. It was an amazing storm, they just keep getting stronger and I am continually thinking that each particular storm is the most powerful I've seen here.
When we got home, one of the kittens had gotten off the front porch and been out in the storm. He was almost dead. My wife dried him off with the hair drier and put him on a heating pad, but I don't think he will make it. Why he went out in the storm is beyond me. Animals do strange things. This past winter I found one of our cats sitting out in the middle of the meadow, covered with snow, frozen solid. It was as if he just sat down in the snow, 20 feet from the warm hay stacked out of the wind, and died.
The lightning bugs are out tonight in force. The meadow is swarming with them, and the bats are swooping down out of the trees and gobbling them up. It's very damp and quiet out there tonight, too warm to spend much time on the porch but it was still an interesting sight.
Nothing really interesting other than the storm today. Some days up here are just that way.