Saturday, March 26, 2011

For the Love of Storms

For some reason, I'm a day off this week. Thus, I didn't remember that today was my blog day until just now. But what's going on outside at the moment gave me the perfect topic -- storms.

As long as people are not injured and property not destroyed, I love thunderstorms. I like the rumble of the thunder, the sound of the rain on the roof, and witnessing the awesome power of nature. Man has been able to harness a lot of things, but weather will always be a force beyond us. We might harness wind and water, but there's no stopping a thunderstorm as it barrels its way through.

When I was growing up, we lived in a house that had a tin roof. That made the rain a lot louder, sometimes so loud it was difficult to talk and be heard. I used to love sitting on the front porch and listening to the rain on that roof and smelling the fresh air that accompanied a storm. Still, one of my favorite smells is a forest after a rain.

I have another confession -- though I know they are dangerous, I am fascinated by tornadoes. Now, if I were ever to see a funnel cloud in person, I might quickly lose that fascination. I've on occasion made the interior bathroom ready for diving in should a tornado drop down on my house, and still I'm fascinated. Again, it's that awesome power of nature thing. I'm intrigued by the people who are storm chasers, the ones who willingly put themselves in harm's way. Same goes for the people who fly the hurricane hunter planes. I'm not made of that stern of stuff, but it's so interesting to me that some people are. If I let myself, I could spend a lot of time watching those weather chaser shows on The Weather Channel.

What about you? Do you enjoy storms? Ever been in a tornado? Fascinated by weather chasers?


Estella said...

I enjoy the storms in the Pacific Northwest. Have lived here all my life, so have never see a tornado.

Linda Warren said...


One word - No.

I love rain. I can remember tin roofs too, but when it gets to the heavy stuff I'm skittish. LOL


Pamela Stone said...

I also love thunderstorms and hard rains. I love the power and the freshness and just the general mood it creates. Although I've never lived in a house with a tin roof, my grandparents did and I loved sitting on that porch and listening to the rain.

Living in Texas, not so much on tornados. I've had one do major damage in downtown Ft. Worth, then pass directly over my house before touching down again a couple miles away and destroying a neighborhood.