* At 5.30am this morning the weatherman said that there was a 60% chance of an afternoon thunderstorm….. as I was leaving the house at 6.40am he said there was a massive thunderstorm coming through Montgomery County in Maryland right now!!
" Well", I thought, "I live in DC and I'm going to work in Virginia, I'm not going to take my fancy windrella umbrella that's supposed to withstand a near hurricane, I'm just going to take my emergency umbrella that's usually in my bag". You know the sort that has a radius just slightly bigger than your head.
When I got out of the underground in Virginia at 7.30 it was as though I'd had a time warp and gone back into night. It was incredibly dark – but no rain at that stage. For a second I wondered if I should go into the Starbucks and wait it out – but as "it" had not started yet I thought I should just hustle the 3 blocks to the office. Before I'd gone one block there was a scary transformation - buffeting high winds, thunder and amazing devil's lightning!
Oh please, don't let me be struck by lightning! Then I thought "no self respecting lightning would attack this pathetic umbrella!".
I arrived at work with everything along the back from the my neck down to my ankles totally drenched.
So jeez! First we had record snow falls; then record heat and now an entire day of really damaging storms. Wonder when the locusts will descend!
I learnt a couple of little factoids today (according to my weatherman):
-in relation to flash floods - it takes less than 18 inches of water on the road to float a vehicle off the road!
-in relation to lightning - a lightning strike is 50,000 F degrees in temperature – when it hits a tree it literally blows the bark off.
Metro announcement of the week occurred on my commute home…. the driver was having trouble getting the doors closed. With absolute frustration the driver announced:
"People! People! – Keep your body parts out of the doors!"
You could just hear in his voice what he really wanted to say.
Another storm is coming through now and we're under all sorts of flash flood warnings…. at least I won't have to water the veggies tonight!