Rain, rain go away

Thursday, May 15, 2014

It's been an absolutely CRAZY weather week here. It seems like every morning when I turn on Good Morning America, there's a story about the weather in Ohio and quite often, it's been Cleveland specifically. We've had lots of thunderstorms and even had a few tornadoes touch down.
 
I've always been completely fascinated by the weather and I would love to be a storm chaser if I wasn't such a chicken. I could watch shows about hurricanes, tornadoes and other weather phenomenon for hours but I have to admit some of this weather coverage feels like overkill even in severe weather. If I heard them say, "You better grab your family, head to the basement and hunker down" one more time, I was going to scream.The same thing happened in the winter when there were threats of winter storms and only a  few times did the actual weather live up to the hype. Yes, it snows. It's Cleveland, for God's sake! In this day of mobile weather alerts and the internet, stopping all programming to listen to a local weatherman track a storm cell feels like talking to the little boy who cried wolf.
 
There's not much that I hate more than driving in the rain. Even more than driving in the snow so I was pretty upset that I had a doctor's appointment on the other side of town in the late afternoon during the midst of all these warnings and watches. I checked in with the non-stop coverage and decided to give myself some extra time to drive what should have been a 35 minute trip. Lucky me was just entering the freeway on-ramp when the skies opened up with hail and rain and suddenly, traffic was at a standstill. About an hour and forty five minutes in (about 20 miles), the roads were dry and clear. I had already missed my appointment time by now but I figured I would go anyway and just make a new appointment. It must have been my lucky day because they said they would see me. Yay! My ride home? 30 minutes.
 
There were numerous reports of flooding and many residents lost belongings from water coming into their homes. I'm very fortunate that I had no storm damage to my home and the worst I have to deal with are pets with cabin fever.  
 
Here are some photos from the week posted on a local news site.
 

















10 comments

  1. OMG Chrissy, looking at these photographs I was AMAZED by how bad your storms were. My mouth dropped open looking at the ones of the TORNADO...YIKES!

    "There's not much that I hate more than driving in the rain."

    I hear ya because having lived in Florida for 20 years, I can't tell you how many rain storms (and really severe ones) I caught driving in. There were times when I had to pull over to the side of the road because I literally could not see out of my windows, it was raining so hard. Plus, the wind was so bad, it felt as though my car was going to blow off the road.

    I hope the storms have calmed down by today and that you have a more peaceful weather weekend.

    X to you and the gang!

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    1. I know those flash rains in Florida are brutal! It seems to happen every time I go there.

      Aren't these cool pics? We see storms rolling in but we're so condensed in my suburb. When you head out into the country, you really see the enormity of it and it's spectacular.

      Looks mild (and super cold!) today. Have a great weekend, Ron!

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  2. Glad you survived the storms. It has been a brutal spring for parts of the country.We have been fortunate to get only rain and not a lot of it. Last week they predicted for all kinds of storms and we got sprinkles. Hopefully you can get the kids out and about soon.

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    1. That's good that you've been spared. The meteorologists just figure they have a 50/50 chance so they can say whatever.

      It's a little cloudy but no rain today. When I got home, Vinny shot out as soon as I opened the door. There are chipmunks to kill!

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  3. This year's leaden winter/spring is never going to end!

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    1. Nope. It will probably snow next week!

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  4. Damn flatlanders anyway... ;P

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  5. Good GRIEF! We had persistent rain for a month after Christmas in lieu of snow, but nothing like this. Those are amazing photos! Glad you and the little ones are safe. Indigo x

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    1. Yep, safe and sound, thanks!

      We do have interesting weather here...

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