Third major storm in four days

We just got another major thunderstorm alert–the third in four days; plus flooding and an occasional tornado warning. I’ll take pictures of any funnel clouds heading this way. Really. Honest. I’m not going to be a scaredy baby diving for shelter when I can have a chance to take a tornado picture for you all.

The thunderstorms have been the worst I’ve seen, before or after moving to Missouri. Yesterday afternoon the sound was so bad, and everything was shaking so much, that all I wanted to do was join Zoe hiding under the bed. The hail hit the roof and the windows so hard that at one point, I thought one of the windows was cracked. I expect hail damage to Golden Girl this year, because all indications are, it’s going to be a long, stormy summer.

Speaking of which, I’ve traded cars with my roommate for the summer. I get better gas mileage, and this helps with his longish commute. He has an eleven year old van that’s been through the wars, and I’m looking to do a little tornado chasing this year.

I’ve been studying the meteorology on tornadoes for two years, in addition to the behavior of storms in Missuori, and I’m ready to give it a shot; at least, locally. I’ve always loved weather, and I need a little adventure in my life.

Scratch that–I need a lot of adventure in my life.

Of course, we have to discount the fact that yesterday I was ready to hide under the bed with my cat.

Photography Weather

Moderation in all but storms

I managed to walk right into a major storm, and ended up having to take shelter until it was over. I was soaked, and I could feel the electricity of the storm on my skin, and the drop in pressure in my head.

I had a great time. I also managed to pick up some photos that are not usual for me, and I’ll post later today or tomorrow. My Nikon 995 does quite well in the rain. At least, for now.

Places Weather

Don’t visit in the summer

I love my new adopted home, I really do. I’d love to share it with all of you, except that I have to honestly say, whatever you do, don’t visit this summer.

It’s only the middle of may and we’re heading to 90F, and 85% or better humidity. I went to the library and the store, both of which were cooled (and the library had some kind of band playing, go figure), but by the time I came home, I was dying. And it smells like something crawled into the attic and died.

With the rains we’re having and these 20 degree above normal temperature days, and the mild winter, the Missouri Green will have progressed from beautiful and mysterious and richly emerald to forests black as night because the foliage is so heavy. Not to mention the ticks and all the other insects out this year.

But let’s face it: bugs aside, you can’t do much when it gets over 100F and close to 90% humidity. Well, maybe you can. I can’t.

Fall. Fall is a nice time to visit St. Louis. Not September, I’m heading to Alaska in September. October. Octoberfest in St. Louis.