A Storm Is Coming

21 Feb

Bad weather is on the way, as a line of thunderstorms is barreling down upon us. That happens during this time of year when winter is giving way to spring. It is unseasonably warm, and that always brings this wrath of nature.Lightning

This afternoon, I walked onto the deck to feel the calm that comes before such things. The trees were rustling. The animals were restless. I think those were frogs that I was hearing. The calm before the storm is a cliché, but it is one that I like. For some reason, I have always liked that time. The feel of the air. The haze in the sky. The realization that something is coming.

Storms have always fascinated me. I am not sure why. Maybe it is the power of nature on display. We humans have learned to control a lot of things, but storms remain beyond our reach. Growing up, there were several occupations that I dreamed about. One of those was being a storm chaser driving a fast car and watching a tornado off in the distance.

Storms are dangerous. They cause a lot of damage, and many people are afraid of them. That causes a conflict for me. I do not want to see people get hurt or property get damages, but I am fascinated by the power that sweeps over us. Thunder. Lightning. Wind. Rain. Something about that calms me.

I was in Atlanta when it was struck by a tornado. It was like being in the midst of the apocalypse. However, I was calm. I made rational decisions. In the end, I along with everyone else got through it. I wrote a post about it and have linked it here.

Hopefully, the storm that hits us tonight will not be as catastrophic as the one that hit Atlanta on that night.

9 Responses to “A Storm Is Coming”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong February 21, 2014 at 02:04 #

    Not only do I like storms, but I’ve got a couple of nutsy dogs that love them too. While everyone else’s dogs hide under the bed, 2 of ours run outside to bark at the thunder and lightning. Which isn’t a really good idea, so I lock the doggy door and they have to bark out the window. We’ve been hit by lightning 3 times. Zeus has it in for us.

    We are still stuck on winter, but tomorrow it’s supposed to warm up and maybe the big thaw will begin. Then we can all deal with the flooding that always follows 🙂

    May your storms be majestic but do no harm!

    • Rick February 21, 2014 at 02:39 #

      They are hitting pretty hard at the moment. It’s about time you guys got some warmth.

  2. Manu Kurup February 21, 2014 at 03:59 #

    I too love that serene feeling before the storm. I was once caught in one, too. Although it may not have been as bad as the one you described, it spooked me out. 🙂

    • Rick February 21, 2014 at 04:47 #

      Storms are like that. They can give you a good feeling or a bad feeling. Maybe that’s the appeal.

  3. satanicpanic February 21, 2014 at 05:33 #

    We used to get really nice storms over the desert, great light shows. Those were always exciting. Not so much fun the time our A/C got knocked over in August. I read your tornado story- wow, that is scary. We never had those

    • Rick February 21, 2014 at 14:32 #

      I would like to see one of those desert storms. With our terrain, we can’t see the storms coming. That’s one reason I like the West. You can watch them for a while. There is actually an ESPN documentary about the Atlanta tornado.

  4. jcalberta February 22, 2014 at 19:44 #

    Used to love those prairie lightning storms at night.
    And nothing to block the view.

    • Rick February 22, 2014 at 20:55 #

      Those must have been awesome.

  5. AIR! February 25, 2014 at 16:13 #

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