Tuesday, August 27, 2013

So I Decided To Go Out ...

I had been in the house for days when I decided I really had to get out last Thursday. The news had said showers in the morning with gradual clearing after 1 PM.

I looked out the window a little after 1 and the sky did indeed seem to be brightening so out I went.

Once outside I noticed that the sky not visible from the kitchen window was dark and foreboding but in my capacity as freakin' self proclaimed meteorologist I decided the storms were headed north.

I was already out and the cupboards were bare so off I went.

Not even 10 minutes later ...







The first drops hit the car so hard I jumped. Even with the wipers on high it was impossible to see. Many of us pulled into the first parking lot we could find and just sat.

For 40 minutes.

The streets flooded so quickly.

The excitement never ends.

25 comments:

Mike said...

Lots of this going on all over the US this year.

TexWisGirl said...

oh, i so want some of this rain!

Sylvia K said...

Lots of weird weather everywhere this year!!! Just glad you didn't get totally stranded somewhere!! Take care!! Hugs to you and to Hope!!

Kay L. Davies said...

Send some showers to me, too.
I'm SO glad you were in a car when the rain came down so heavily.
And yes, as Sylvia said, hugs to you and to Hope.
K

Jinksy said...

Brilliant photos! They were worth a trip to sit in the rain. :)

DJan said...

Yikes! That is a LOT of rain in a short period of time. Hopefully it was just a passing squall and not something worse. Your pictures are great. :-)

OldLady Of The Hills said...

OY, OY, OY!!! Well, I guess it is back to the meteorologists drawing board, for you...!(lol)
What a mess, my dear Dianne....!!!
So much rain...!
Hugs To You And HOPE!!
(((((((HUGS)))))))

Ron said...

AWESOME shots, Dianne!!!

Love that second one, especially!

WOW...that was some rain!

Last month we had a really severe rain storm here in Philly, which I got caught in while WALKING home from the grocery store without an umbrella. I was soaking wet by the time I got home. It had been so hot though, getting wet felt great!

X to you, Hope, Siren, and Isadora!

nitebyrd said...

Looks and sounds like the rain we get down here. The difference is ours usually only last about 15 minutes.

Hope you didn't get drenched!

HermanTurnip said...

Yeppers. We're experiencing that sort of strange weather in the mountain regions here in San Diego. The weathering is acting wonky, that's for sure!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Cheez...what can you do though but laugh I guess....glad you were able to pull off safely. (And you might want to consider getting a new meteorologist BTW ;>)

Cherie said...

Glad you lived to tell the tale. That kind of thing can be scary. We had a downpour here last Friday. Basically, we received 1/2 the year's average rainfall in a few hours. We do live in the desert, but still. The water in an underpass filled almost to the top of a 12 ft clearance. You talk about your flash floods. I should post a picture on my blog about it.

Katz Tales said...

Brrr, looks cold and wet. We've got smog from burning forest fires and humid heat here in Malaysia. Don't know what's worse!

Granny Annie said...

Were you wearing white slacks? That always makes it rain for me.

Daryl said...

YIKES .... you needed pontoons

Akelamalu said...

WOW you won't need to water the garden for a while!

ellen abbott said...

I wouldn't mind having a rainstorm like that again. It's been years since we had a really hard long rain.

Linda Reeder said...

We got into a rain storm in Ohio while traveling, where each drop seems like a quarter cupful of water. We seldom get rain that hard here in the Seattle area. Our rain is usually softer, and longer.

Nancy said...

We have had the same kind of rain storms this summer...No fun being out in them but your shots sure are awesome....

Gin G said...

Our bizarre summer. 2 years ago we were cleaning up after Irene. Many businesses and homes to the west, still suffering. Not much FEMA help for some reason. At least you got to fill the cupboards, but you never know when one of these will turn into a flash flood. We went out yesterday because we were at dr and HAD to shop. Bill did the Lion's share.

CrystalChick said...

Yup, it's been like that a couple times down here too.

Neat photos.

Hilary said...

See? You're just as accurate as a meteorologist. They're right 50% of the time too.

We had a rain like that up at the new place the other day. The foundation for the garage had been newly cemented and set. And I guess on a slight slope because all of that rain decided to roll off of the foundation and come into the house. It took a lot of newspapers to soak that up.

Wonderful shots, Dianne. Your timing for an outing stinks but your photographic eye is spot on.

Grayquill said...

That's crazy - I don't think I have ever been in rain that hard...I know I have never been in rain that hard. Did you spot Noah?

jabblog said...

Tee hee! I'm a great one for judging the weather through the window and then getting caught out. I hope you had something good to read or listen to for those 40 minutes.

Gin G said...

Diane, I was sorry to see the fire last night at the Jersey Shore and thought of you right away. Hoping for a good winter heading your way. Gin at http://gettingafootholdtake2.blogspot.com/
This is the address to the new blog. No more getting a foothold. thanks.