Wednesday, May 10, 2006

That time of the year

We're under a severe thunderstorm watch right now. That's pretty much par for the course for this time of the year. This evening, the sky was a golden color, casting this glow across everything. My apartment complex is an adobe color, and it looked really pretty in the yellow light.

Thunderstorms here are marvelous to behold. Fierce winds that come at you sideways, hail the size of golf balls, and lightning bolts that slice through the skies. The roads flood within minutes due to the torrential rain, and you can always tell by the green-grey tinge to the sky that a tornado is nearby.

We get plenty of tornadoes in our area, but not the kind you see on the news. There are F0 or the occasional F1 tornadoes. Tree branches bend but don't always break, mulch spills over onto the roadways, and you see the occasional sign blown off its post.

Suffice it to say, when one of these comes roaring through -- and they do come at least once or twice a week in the months of May and June -- it's best to stay indoors, curled up on the sofa with a nice book.

Reading: Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan
Listening: Love Songs by Elton John
Watching: The Amazing Race

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