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June 24, 2006

Summer storm
Posted by Teresa at 05:07 PM * 65 comments

It hasn’t started raining yet, but it’s so dark outside that my neighbor’s photosensitive porch lights have switched on. The sky’s getting yellowy-green. I think we’re about to get nailed.

Comments on Summer storm:
#1 ::: Debra Doyle ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2006, 05:22 PM:

Green sky is never good.

#2 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2006, 05:22 PM:






#3 ::: Josh Jasper ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2006, 05:25 PM:

OK, so bring it on already. It's been on and off light blatter here all day, and I could do with a walk in the warm rain.

Also, some heavy thunder and lightning would be nice.

C'mon weather. Entertain me.

#4 ::: Paula Helm Murray ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2006, 05:38 PM:

How very odd. We had the same kind of weather in KC this afternoon. And we DID get quite the flush at about 4 p.m. Splash! (Our neighbor is out inspecting his new landscaping right now, he's spent big bucks totally rehabing his yard...looked like everything stayed in place, though.)

No green sky though, just grey and watery.

#5 ::: P J Evans ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2006, 05:41 PM:

While here in LA it's sunny with light high clouds and noticeable humidity - this morning it felt hot at 77F, which normally quite comfortable.

Teresa, I just made a small batch of habanero oil. (Four peppers and a quarter-liter of oil.) Waiting for it to cool enough to take the water-base stuff off. ZipLoc is making threaded-lid containers, which work nicely for this sort of thing.

#6 ::: Larry Brennan ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2006, 05:46 PM:

Well, we're having the nicest day of the year so far in Seattle - it's in the 70s, sunnny and clear. And I've got a nasty cold and sore throat.

Tomorrow, it'll be in the low 90's. Here, that means that a heat emergency will be declared. I'd take the motorcycle out, but, as I said, I've got a nasty cold. :-(

I miss the idea of real weather, but I don't miss the weather itself.

#7 ::: rhandir ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2006, 05:59 PM:

Dirty yellow-green sky is typically a sign of ideal tornado conditions in the midwest. Hard to conceive of one in NYC, but stranger things have happened.

Raining here too. Time to check the basement.


#8 ::: Jon Lennox ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2006, 06:03 PM:

There was a funnel cloud sighted over Jersey City a few weeks ago. Didn't touch down, so it wasn't technically a tornado, but it's certainly not unheard-of.

#9 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2006, 06:11 PM:

Okay, this is weird. The sprinkle of rain has stopped, the light level's rising, and the thunder has faded. It's as if the storm came right up to the edge of our area, then sheered off.

#10 ::: Stephan Zielinski ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2006, 06:28 PM:

It's that little kid with the cast eye and the widow's peak. When he does the "Rain, rain, go away" chant, it works.

Unfortunately, he's going to be consumed with rage and guilt over his mother's shattered vertebrae. Unless he's stopped now, he'll be in the 2012 papers as the This Little Piggy Impaler. You know what you have to do.

#11 ::: Mary Aileen Buss ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2006, 06:52 PM:

Southwestern Long Island got nailed a little before 5:00, leaving humongous monster puddles across the roads. They drained fairly quickly, but now it's raining pretty hard again. Weird pattern, to skip Brooklyn and hit here so hard.

--Mary Aileen

#12 ::: Peter Hentges ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2006, 07:09 PM:

Whee! Hope your power stays on and that all and sundry are safe.

#13 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2006, 08:19 PM:

We have a thunderstorm right now, with more predicted every day of the next week. It's not as bad as Thursday's, though, which brought down trees all over Manassas and gutted one of the city's oldest houses. We have a flood watch, too, but the branch behind the condos is in a very low trench. We'd have to get 25 feet to reach the stoop of my condo.

#14 ::: JKRichard ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2006, 08:23 PM:

The one thing I remember about living in the North-East as a child were the intense storms. Your mentioning of the sky turning yellow-green reminded me of being 3yo and observing a funnel cloud form, drift and then dissipate (*whew*) right over the house.
Now these storms out here in NE Oklahoma...


#15 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2006, 08:52 PM:

A friend in NYC called me earlier and told me it was storming like mad in Personhattan. Here we may get a thunderstorm this evening. We had some rain yesterday and need lots more.

#16 ::: PurpleGirl ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2006, 09:12 PM:

Around 4 pm, there was a downpour in Woodside, Queens. The sky wasn't much darker than earlier but the rain came down in sheets for a good half hour (at least). I opened the terrace door to watch it for a while, glad I was staying in.

#17 ::: Paula Helm Murray ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2006, 10:11 PM:

JKRichard, have I met you? (Like, at Conestoga in Tulsa?) (name sounds familiar but I am absolutely horrible about names and faces unless I'm reinforced on it multiple times...)

We get the same kind of tornadic/thunderstorm weather in Kansas City as they do in Oklahoma, flat-ish terrain, air from both the Gulf and parts way north coming together. sometimes in not a very happy way.

#18 ::: xeger ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2006, 10:11 PM:

I've just been asked if weather goes from east to west between NYC/NJ and Ontario - and just realized that I've no idea why I think it does. Am I utterly confused?

#19 ::: Larry Brennan ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2006, 10:26 PM:

xeger - While systems generally move from west to east in North America, lots of tropical weather moves from south to north on the Eastern Seaboard. Hence weather from NY splashing its way up into Ontario.

However, in the winter all New Yorkers love to blame those danged Canadians for the latest blast of cold from the Great White North.

Here in Washington, we blame the Hawaiians for the drenching winter Pineapple Express systems.

#20 ::: Rob Rusick ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2006, 10:34 PM:

xeger: I've just been asked if weather goes from east to west between NYC/NJ and Ontario - and just realized that I've no idea why I think it does.

I think of it moving with a westerly tendancy in this area ( New York State ), but the vortices which get set up in the atmosphere can have the airflow ( and weather ) pivoting about random points. I've bookmarked a web weather site ( after zeroing into my city ) to keep an eye on the potential for rain. The weather radar has a 'looping' display option. It sometimes helps when I'm deciding whether it is worth bicycling to the grocery store, or not.

Am I utterly confused?

Possibly ( I'll even venture likely ). It's a common condition ( i.e., me too ).

#21 ::: Kieran ::: (view all by) ::: June 24, 2006, 11:06 PM:

Here in Tucson, it's pretty goddamn hot.

#22 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2006, 12:27 AM:

Goddamn hot in Portland . . . by Portland standards. A relatively dry 90 degrees.

I had the mixed luck of getting called into the office to take care of a technical emergency. The air conditioning also took the edge off the pollen count, which is remarkably high for Portland.

* * *

I kind of MISS the East Coast's freakish summer storms. Pittsburgh, while I was there, saw a few dang-awesome lightning and thunderstorms; especially dramatic from my apartment perched above the slag heaps north of the Monongahela (sp).

#23 ::: David Goldfarb ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2006, 01:29 AM:

We had a high pressure system come in for a few days last week, giving us temperatures in the 90s and no morning or evening fog. (This happens every so's nicer in the winter when it means temperatures in the 70s and no rain.) Thursday evening it broke up and yesterday and today have had more normal summer weather.

#24 ::: Linkmeister ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2006, 02:19 AM:

We disavow any responsibility for the Pineapple Express.

#25 ::: JKRichard ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2006, 02:47 AM:

Paula Helm Murray,
We haven't met yet! Though we're less than a degree of separation by friends and acquaintances (Misty and Larry?) so I might not be surprised if my name came up in passing. I was deployed and underwater during the last Conestoga. However,looks like I'll see you there this year. I'll be accompanying the aforementioned duo. First round of beer on me.

#26 ::: Jenny Rappaport ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2006, 04:44 AM:

In central NJ, western Monmouth county, we got hit literally at 4:15pm. Horrible, horrible lightening and thunder with a lot of wind and monsoon-like rain. It wasn't really safe to leave the house until almost two hours later.

No yellow-green sky though.

#27 ::: amysue ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2006, 08:07 AM:

Sigh. The continual wetness here in New England is simply disheartening. I try to remind myself that the garden appreciates it, but really, how much water does it need? And in any event, the barometric pressure (?) makes my ears hurt.

That said, I was in the woods the other day and the many shades of wet greeness were overwhelming and almost intoxicating. I was stunned at the beauty until the 'squitos joined the party.

#28 ::: Scott H ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2006, 08:53 AM:


Stephan Zielinski wrote:

It's that little kid with the cast eye and the widow's peak. When he does the "Rain, rain, go away" chant, it works.

Unfortunately, he's going to be consumed with rage and guilt over his mother's shattered vertebrae. Unless he's stopped now, he'll be in the 2012 papers as the This Little Piggy Impaler. You know what you have to do.

Fragano Ledgister wrote:



You guys are really on this morning.

#29 ::: CHip ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2006, 09:45 AM:

rhandir: greater NY may not be the Great Plains, but it's flatter than New Hampshire, where there was a tornado in the last few weeks. I have a vague recollection that every one of the 48 contiguous states has had at least one tornado, but IANAM.

I grew up in the Potomac River valley just north of DC, and have fond memories of frequent summer thunderstorms; they were less fond when I flew a light plane down for a visit and the FAA weather geek told me that they forecast Tstorms pretty much every day because the valley encourages them, but I still watch for them here (Boston). On Friday the suburb I work in had the converse(?) of heat lightning: \loud/ thunder (at one point sounding like a metal hammer banging on the office park's steel roof) but no rain in sight. (There was a brief downpour later.) Other areas got it worse; the Globe had a shot of a motorcycle going through deep water on the Southeast Expressway. Saturday was all grey (no green...) and occasionally drippy, but we had another drenching near sundown. We mostly get either cycles of lighter and heavier rain under solid grey, or short heavy rains from partial-to-broken coverage; the sudden downpour from a grey overcast was unusual.

#30 ::: xeger ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2006, 10:12 AM:

CHip wrote:
the Globe had a shot of a motorcycle going through deep water on the Southeast Expressway

... which is fine, until the water's higher than your pipes or airbox ...

#31 ::: Josh Jasper ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2006, 11:18 AM:

Feh. Nowhere near enough thunder.

#32 ::: Faren Miller ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2006, 01:30 PM:

Prescott AZ: high 90s, and next week there's supposed to be 20% chance of *dry* thunder storms most afternoons -- the monsoon might be on its way. For now, I'm glad I finally got the swamp cooler checked, up and running. The cat likes it too. Now the big fuzzball can emerge from my closet and loll under vents instead. Those of you who live in severe climates -- how do your pets react to the storms?

[Even after 5+ years, thunderstorms still seem weird to this former Bay Arean.]

#33 ::: Linkmeister ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2006, 02:27 PM:

Our dog has gotten more and more anxious about rain and the thankfully rare thunderstorms as she's gotten older; she hides under beds if they get too severe, and she shakes uncontrollably.

And I don't want to think about the tranquilizers required for New Year's Eve (firecrackers for about four hours every year).

#34 ::: Larry Brennan ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2006, 03:05 PM:

Linkmeister - our pets used to go hide in the basement during firework season (typically from when school let out until 7/4) and during thunderstorms. One big orange dog and two black cats would huddle together under a table that my mom used for her ceramics business.

If the basement wasn't available, the cats would hide in the bathtub, which was also a favorite retreat from the heat. The dog didn't like the tub, so she'd lean against it rather than jump in.

#35 ::: Paula Helm Murray ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2006, 03:19 PM:

JKRichard, I sent an email from Because of the it may get shot into your junk folder...

But I will be glad to meet face to face!

#36 ::: Jenny Islander ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2006, 03:26 PM:

Been raining pretty much w/o a break in Kodiak since my second daughter was born on the 10th. We did have a few hours of sunshine around Solstice. It's normal to get June monsoons here with cloud cover so thick that some streetlights don't go off until 10 even though the sun rose at 5:15. Local plants bloom and set fruit regardless.

In 2003, we got two months of unbroken clouds with rain nearly every day beginning on Junuary 1. A cap of clouds snagged on the mountains around town and just didn't move. It was as gloomy as a bad dream, clammy mud and mashed dead grass covered the ground, and my husaband and I were so glad to get out of there for a Hawaiian vacation. We walked in the rain in Hilo and laughed at how warm it was.

#37 ::: Caroline ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2006, 05:05 PM:

Faren - my cats get nervous and restless with thunder. One of them becomes much more of a lap cat. She wouldn't do anything so undignified as hide under the furniture, but she'd prefer to curl up here in your lap where she can hide her face against you....

#38 ::: PurpleGirl ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2006, 05:49 PM:

Linkmeister -- I have friends who had several retired racing greyhounds and two of the dogs hated Tstorms. They'd shake and shiver so badly one of the household humans would have to sit with dog and hold her until the storm was over or the dog became calm.

#39 ::: Linkmeister ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2006, 07:29 PM:

Well, our gutless legislature insists on allowing the purchase of 1000s of firecrackers (pandering to the "cultural tradition" crowd) for a $25 permit each year. For whatever reason, July 4 isn't a big deal, but December 31 is absolutely awful. The pet owners/asthmatic lobby isn't strong enough yet.

It's amazing to see Honolulu through a Los Angeles-type smog layer every year for a few hours. (The 25-year-ago L.A., not the one you can see now.)

#40 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2006, 09:16 PM:

Our current hot thunderstorm isn't scaring the cats, but I'll be off the computer soon in case it escalates.

Jenny, I lived on Kodiak for two years, the first two of my life so I don't remember anything. We do have pictures of Dad going to work in the winter by climbing out the second story window because the snow was that high.

#41 ::: elise ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2006, 09:58 PM:

Today the weather was absolutely gorgeous down in Blue Earth County, which is where they were reviving the Eisteddfod tradition there, which began in 1891. A bard was chaired today, under the branches of a 200-year-old oak tree. The chair itself was a beautiful hand-carved chair, most wonderful and most worthy, as was the bard, Doris Stengel of Brainerd, Minnesota. (Poetry was done in English, rather than Welsh.)

I was deeply honored to be a judge of the bardic competition, and ecstatic that I can hear well enough to do so these days. And singing Cwm Rhondda on the Morgan Creek Vineyards site under a blue sky with white clouds was a thing of great goodness. (Their Zeitgeist wine, made from LaCrescent, a MN varietal, and rather like a spatlese, was pretty darn good too. Unfortunately, I'll miss the Gewurztraminer's debut in a couple of weeks, but I think Juan and I will have to go down there again in the not too distant future.) Good people, good poetry, good singing, good wine, and a very good place: all under good weather, so a splendid day.

#42 ::: Paula Helm Murray ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2006, 10:18 PM:

oOOOH, Elise, that sounds like a trip I need to make....

so much fun!!!!

We're gonna get resort weather for the next week, if the Weather Channel is right. Days in the 80s, nights well below 70. YIPPPEE, open window weather. (for whatever reason, my allergies are better if I can have fresh air, even though some plants cause my allergies. Then again, over-exposure may improve my allergies(sorta like shots only more vigorous exposure). I did that with cats, so it may be the reason.)

#43 ::: Leva Cygnet ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2006, 10:41 PM:

I live in the deserts of Arizona, west of Casa Grande and due south of the new City of Maricopa.

Stepped outside this morning and I KNEW it was going to storm. It was over 100 degrees by 9 AM, and the air had that still, electric quality that foretells of storms. You could smell the creosote and the humidity and nothing was moving but the gophers.

Checked outside at about 5:30 -- no rain, clouds way off in the distance.

At 6:00 or so -- the house shook and there was the shhhhhrrrr sound of blown sand. Looked outside and the sky had gone blond. Within seconds, I couldn't see to the neighbor's house, about 400 feet away.

The rather smallish dust storm was followed by a brief squall of pea sized hail and quarter sized raindrops. One clap of thunder. When it blew over, it was about 75 degrees out, with a nice breeze and the rich smell of wet desert earth. The birds were singing, the goats were playing, my dogs were chasing each other through the mud puddles, the air was clear, and I am reminded why I live in the desert. Even before it had completely stopped raining, I was outside and enjoying the soft cool air. Saw one gopher snake, two desert toads, and a whole bunch of mourning doves.

The monsoon appears to be here, a bit ahead of schedule. It's my favorite time of year. Maybe we'll get a bigger storm tomorrow; this was just a baby thunderstorm. It's a promise of better to come.

#44 ::: Cassie ::: (view all by) ::: June 25, 2006, 11:49 PM:

I heard the first park band concert of the year tonight; a lot of older people come out each Sunday. Rain was forecast, and they'll shorten the concert to keep the sound guy happy.
All we had was wind, high in the trees around the band shell and swooping down to meet us in the audience. It sounded wonderful to me... but people got up and left after almost every song as the sky got darker, and just after the wind did its whisper-and-swoop during National Emblem, about a quarter of the audience decided to bail mid-song.
Heh. Haven't gotten a drop of rain. I'm hoping for some good shows.

Also, tornadoes don't rely on flat land to form. They need it to go a long way, and to look cool, but Georgia has more tornadoes than Kansas, I have heard.

#45 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: June 26, 2006, 12:38 AM:

Record hot day in Portland, OR.

Another record buster tomorrow, according to the news. I bought three 1-gallon buckets of vanilla ice cream and snuck them into the lunch fridges at work, along with some half-price "Dulce de Leche" topping and chopped walnuts.

I'm working on a clever "Hot Weather Alert" email that will conclude with directions to eat ice cream.

Shameful confession: I went to the movies to see "Beyond the Hedge," and then snook into a showing of "Cars" when it was over. The AC felt so good . . .

#46 ::: Larry Brennan ::: (view all by) ::: June 26, 2006, 01:23 AM:

I really enjoyed the heat up here in the Emerald City. Seattle really doesn't cope too well with hot weather, but since it was Sunday lots of folks went to the park for a stroll, and I even saw some women wearing sun dresses - a type of garment that is seldom seen here. (I often joke about REI introducing a line of fleece sun dresses just for the Cascadia market.)

#47 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: June 26, 2006, 02:06 AM:

ooh, storms. Nothing like a good ol' fashioned gut-buster tearing up the sky.

Give Me Storm

#48 ::: Claude Muncey ::: (view all by) ::: June 26, 2006, 07:14 AM:

Nuttin' but heat here in the San Joaquin -- everyone was happy yesterday when the forecast was for 104 instead of the previously announced 107+, once again proving that everything is relative. The real problem is not the peak day temp, which we can get through with the AC on, but the fact that it has not been cooling down as much at night. We can't open up and use the big whole house fan until after midnight.

#49 ::: John Peacock ::: (view all by) ::: June 26, 2006, 09:52 AM:

I hardly see any impressive weather in the DC area; even the storm last night (major flooding still this morning) seemed pale compared to the storms I remember from my youth in Wisconsin. I have fond memories of watching isolated thunderclouds developing in the clear blue sky, the anvil slowly spreading out. There's nothing like that here; even though the Appalachians are barely foothills, all of the clouds get smushed together by the time they reach here.

By far the most impressive storm system I've ever witnessed was when I was at UW-Madison for school. I was riding my bike home from the engineering campus to my apartment near the capital. Behind me was a vertical wall of clouds, easily 20,000 feet from base to top, stretched from horizon to horizon. Below it was dark as night, but in front of me it was a clear sunny day with brilliant blue skies. It was also moving very fast; I barely beat it home in time. By the time I had my bike up on the porch, the wind had picked up from nothing to 30-40 MPH gusts. When the rain hit, it was horizontal and you couldn't see the other side of the street.

I'm feeling homesick...


#50 ::: Faren Miller ::: (view all by) ::: June 26, 2006, 12:08 PM:

Unexpectedly, we got something like that "baby thunderstorm" Leva mentioned here in Prescott yesterday afternoon -- not a lot of nearby thunder, but windy enough to blow lots of twigs and some small branches off the big tree a block away, send dry leaves through the air horizontally, and give us a bit of rain. Horton the cat seemed to know in advance, and hid in my closet well before it started. Back when things were still calm, I got a glimpse of two roadrunners a few dozen yards away from our place. I guess they must be used to this kind of thing.

Tradition was observed at Wimbledon today too -- most of the opening day of tennis was rained out, which is why I'm on the computer rather than parked by the TV.

#51 ::: Mark DF ::: (view all by) ::: June 26, 2006, 02:26 PM:

Did NYC get that black downpour late Friday afternoon? The cloudbank fell with a thud, literally was black. I thought "It can't be the Apocalypse; I have a concert to go to."

My dear departed cat didn't like storms, but wouldn't admit it. I live in an eighty-foot long apartment and during storms I'd find her in the hall with that look at her face that said, "Yes, I know this is the geographic center of the apartment with no view of the windows. I *like* staring at the baseboard. What of it?"

#52 ::: mary ::: (view all by) ::: June 26, 2006, 05:05 PM:

Torrential rain here, complete with flooding and a mudslide that closed the beltway in Alexandria. I no longer commute on the beltway, but I pass under it right where the worst mess occurred. Houses along the road I take to work have been condemned due to flooding and backing-up of the sewer system. I counted 26 emergency vehicles on the scene when I left work to run a couple of errands over the lunch hour.

#53 ::: Steinn Sigurdsson ::: (view all by) ::: June 26, 2006, 08:23 PM:

40 signs of rain anyone?! ;-)

#54 ::: JulieB ::: (view all by) ::: June 26, 2006, 10:43 PM:

*sigh* Rain would be nice. Now it *was* cool in our corner of North Texas today: A chilly 86 degrees. Break out the sweaters!

#55 ::: oliviacw ::: (view all by) ::: June 26, 2006, 11:08 PM:

Over 100 outside of Portland, OR today (Hillsboro). I watered my roses around 8am, then went outside around 3pm and found the petals literally wilting away from all of the open flowers. I'm afraid some of the forming buds will be deformed.

#56 ::: Larry Brennan ::: (view all by) ::: June 27, 2006, 02:17 AM:

Whoa - the NWS said it hit 102 (@ 4:55 PM) in Portland today, but only 90 (also @ 4:55 PM) here in SEA. What a difference 170 miles and a handy large body of water can make.

Still nothing compared to most of the rest of the country - but hoo-boy were people complaining about the weather today! Should be a touch cooler tomorrow.

#57 ::: Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: June 27, 2006, 03:16 AM:

The forecasts for around here in the UK are for the mid eighties on Saturday, dropping off a little from earlier predictions. This is, for this part of the world, pretty hot.

London, they're forecasting 93F for Saturday, far less cloud for the next few days.

Remember, we're talking the equivalent of somewhere not far south of Alaska, without the winters. I wonder what Alaska would be like if the North Pacific were a different shape.

#58 ::: rhandir ::: (view all by) ::: June 27, 2006, 12:56 PM:

in the DC/Baltimore area, there was a report of a house who's basement collapsed in on itself. The residents escaped unharmed. Yesterday, the director of the National Archives was clipped on NPR, giving reassurances that a preliminary investigation has determined that no part of the collection has suffered water damage. (Very vauge, very gov't speak.)

Meanwhile, here's a better than average link regarding rising sea levels - maps, simulations and whatnot courtesy of the U. of Arizona. Note also some changes in Greenland's ice sheet have made the front page of boingboing, but pseudorandom has a nicer bit of graphics covering it,and peppered in some links not included in the original article.


#59 ::: P J Evans ::: (view all by) ::: June 27, 2006, 01:29 PM:

Today in Los Angeles: hot and humid. Again. We're hoping for a thunderstorm, just for the relief.

#60 ::: Patrick Connors ::: (view all by) ::: June 27, 2006, 03:20 PM:

A tiny bit of rain Sunday evening in Phoenix. A few drops and just enough strong wind to restore the back patio to its unswept, primeval conditions of just an hour before.

We're in the teasing part of the buildup to the southwestern monsoons. It gets hot and sticky, maybe blows a bit, but no rain.

This is the time of year I prefer to be in Cascadia.

#61 ::: Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: June 27, 2006, 03:28 PM:

I can't seem to shake the image of Lt. Dan lashed to the crows nest of Jenny1, shaking his fist at the sky, screaming somethign to the effect of "Come on! Is that all you got!"

#62 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: June 28, 2006, 02:42 AM:

DC has a state of emergency because of the flooding, and we have another week of rain.

#63 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: June 29, 2006, 10:23 PM:

And the IRS building in DC will be closed for a month because literally tons of papers and electronics were flooded.

#64 ::: Tom Whitmore suspects spam ::: (view all by) ::: July 29, 2014, 01:16 AM:

Almost like dadaist poetry, though.

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Inane, nonsensical comment, name has a commercial-looking link. Y'know, the usual stuff.

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