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   Posted 11/12/2009 12:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, it's Thursday already. That means tomorrow is almost the weekend! wink Here in Washington state it's been pouring rain for days on end. Wednesday we had clear skies and a cool breeze and it was awesome! I enjoy the crisp weather more than any other during the year. I love weather in general. What I mean by that is when nothing is 'happening' it's boring. But give me a good storm, lots of wind, buckets of rain and I'm lovin' it! I think my favorite is to have the fire going in the wood stove, turn off all noise like the TV or radio, and sit in my recliner with a great book and listen to the rain on the roof and skylights. That's my idea of a wonderful day.

Is anyone else as crazy as I am? Does anyone out there enjoy rain and storms? Can you remember a wild storm that was wild and fun???

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   Posted 11/12/2009 3:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Chutz, you've hit on my favorite thing of all - the weather!! when I was small my dad, who was an air traffic controller, taught us kids all about the weather: clouds, how they are made, the Coriolus effect, the water cycle, all the science of weather. I have always loved storms of any kind, how they affect the atmospheric pressure and I love understanding how the barometric pressure affects my joints and fibro. It is SO fascinating to me. How mountains and valleys can make thier own weather systems, how downdrafts and turbulence affect aircraft in flight, how tornadoes and lightning touch down randomly according to how they are pulled by the earth.

In 1989 I had two close calls with lightning that I believe made me very sensitive to electromagnetic fields and electricity. It was a very hot summer in New England and I remember days and weeks of boiling humidity (ahhhhhh!) and frequent afternoon showers and HUGE storms. My first lightning encounter struck the ground just outside my bedroom window about five feet from my head, temporarily blinding me and leaving all my hair stood on end for about ten minutes; the second was a week after that when I was walking across a field - I felt the same electric sensation from right before the first lightning hit, and I ducked into the crouch you are supposed to do when you feel your hair stand up suddenly like that. The lightning hit the lamppost ten feet from me and split it right down the middle. Then came the most violent storm - pummeling rain, wind, all of it. Strangely enough I wasn't scraed at all by the lightning, but truly exhilarated each time. None of my family will come near me in a storm. :) Sorry for going on and on but I will never forget that summer of storms!

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   Posted 11/12/2009 4:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I only enjoy rain if it's my day off from work, and I have nothing to do. I like a summer rain . Everything seems clean and fresh, and there are lots of puddles to splash in. If it's very warm I love to play in the rain with my daughter. We have so  much fun.

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   Posted 11/12/2009 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   

When I was in Marine Corps Boot Camp at Parris Island SC we had about 10 days that we had to spend out in the "field" and learn all types of different combat readiness things both in classroom and in the field.

One day we were taken out in a woody area and we were split into groups of about 10 recuits each and we were going to learn some compass readings.

We were given as our guide the Male instructor of the course We had hit the jackpot he was a hottie.  We were so happy and giddy.  As female recruits you could not even look at males so this was a treat.  So the Good looking Sgt took us on way deep into the woods and we followed of course.  I think we would have followed him anywhere...

But anyway we were out probably about 1/2 to 3/4 mile when all of a sudden lightning struck not far from us.  You should have seen our handsome Seargeants face.  He turned to us and said alright its going to be okay but we have to be quick and get back to the bus.  Lets go recruits.  Well like I stated we would follow him anywhere so we did.  Of course he could easily out run us and he was nervous about the lightning striking continuing around us.  We all ran double time thru the woods back to the camo bus to get away from the danger.  We finally made it as it started to pour rain all over us.  Of course we are All weather Marines right No problem.  We were just upset we did not get to spend more time with the hot Marine!  OORAH  Devil Dog

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   Posted 11/12/2009 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm from CA..Northern part. All we had in winter was the rain.

I love a rainy afternoon with thunder rolling across the skies and wind blowing! But in MO it does concern me because now I live in Tornado country. That's the only thing that keeps me from sitting back and being thoroughly content.

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   Posted 11/12/2009 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
In East Texas growing up we had the most awesome lightning storms. You could smell and feel it coming in. The air smelt so clean and there would be a shift in the air it was like you could feel the electicity and the hair on your arms would stand on end. We lived in the woods on the lake. We would make beds on the porch or by the sliding glass doors and when it hit we would just watch it. You would get the large streaks of lightning tearing down or going across the sky they were enormous. Then you would see it just in the clouds just make the clouds light up and glow. If enough of them got going at once it was like a chorus and cover the whole entire sky. The wind would really get to howling and when you had flash lightning you could see the white caps on the water and the pine trees would bend and almost touch the ground. I moved around a lot been through tornados and hurricanes but I've never seen anything like those lightning storms I wish I could describe it better. Everytime I go back home I hope one will hit so my husband can see it and while some smaller ones have hit its never been one of the really big ones. Although it might be a good thing cause in Puerto Rico we had a couple of hurricanes get within 30 miles and he flipped out so I'm not sure if he'd appreciate the view or not.

Post Edited (deme) : 11/12/2009 7:41:27 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/12/2009 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Back in 1978, I experianced some crazy phenomenon during a lightening storm.
Like an idiot, I decided to wash dishes in front of a window during an electrical storm.
A blue flash or flame went right up my arm with a tingling sensation. It didn't hurt and
I was not burned, I just felt dazed. Somebody told me it was St. Elmos fire.
I learned my lesson and I stay away from water and windows when it is lightening!

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   Posted 11/12/2009 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't get to be in much rain, but I have discovered the solution. Hamster running on a wheel + pump from a fish tank = sound so similar to rain on a roof that you walk outside and are wierded out that it's NOT wet.

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   Posted 11/12/2009 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Last winter driving to work in some serious snow (4:30 in the morn) there was some of the most
awesome lightning. The snow just lit up coming down from the clouds...Strange but true.
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