One thing people from Montana will tell you is that the weather here is very………special. You can go on a 2-hour drive and go from sun to rain to sun to rain many times between point A and point B – this is normal.
When it rains, you usually get one of three types of showers:
The Splash & Dash – comes in, rains a tiny bit, then moves on quickly.
The Extended Play – this is a steady rain that can last 2-3 days straight, but is not too bad.
The Boomersoaker – this is what we got today. Lots of thunder & lightning, heavy winds, and gobs and gobs of rain!
Now don’t get me wrong. I LOVE RAIN! The smell is one of the most intoxicating smells I have ever known. If you mix it with freshly cut grass, it’s even better. Maybe this is a rural thing, but I’ve always enjoyed it. Now that I have contacts instead of glasses, I love it even more, because I can go for a walk and not have to worry about cleaning my glasses off. Sometimes the power gets knocked out, and it’s pretty common. It’ll come on after a while, so it’s just an excuse to open what windows or doors you can to let air in that you won’t get a ton of water coming in through. Most people also have flashlights in case this happens at night – some of us even have candles.
Usually, there are no casualties during these storms, but tonight, my little air conditioner was the only fallen hero. I thought I had it shored up in my window pretty well, but I guess the wind was going to show me a thing or two – it blew the support board enough to where it then rocked back and then tipped right out the window to crash to the ground below. I’m on the 2nd floor, so it didn’t survive the fall and the sudden stop at the end.
Sad day. I guess I’ll be going to pick up a new room cooler here one of these days. I guess it could be worse. Thank goodness no lives were lost. Our house didn’t flood, and the air cooled down, so hey….it’s a blessing.
I remember one time I was actually at my aunt’s house for a wedding reception, and the house we were in was struck by lightning – it’s TRUE! All of the windows flashed bright white, it shook from the thunder, and the power went out, but we all survived. What a freaky experience that was! I still don’t like going out in thunderstorms. I think it first stemmed back from when we were going out to the field for recess and were headed to the softball field when it started to rain. We were almost to the field when lightning hit the metal backdrop. You never saw a group of young kids run back to the school so fast in your life! Thinking back on the incident though…..what was the teacher thinking anyway? Didn’t they know dark clouds and rain have the chance of lightning? I guess I should count myself lucky to have lived through that one.
Even after all of those experiences, I still enjoy rain – always have, and always will.