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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Watching a storm blow in.

Several years ago we asked web visitors what type of storms they enjoyed – snowstorms did beat thunderstorms but thunderstorms were a close second.

Now that summer is almost here and snowstorms are  done for several months, severe weather turns to thunderstorms and of course tornadoes. I’m not sure who likes tornadoes, but there seems to be a number of people who don’t mind a summer thunderstorm or two.

Think about a warm summer afternoon when you’re at home or have nothing special to do when the wind starts picking up and the sky starts to fill up with ominous-looking and colored clouds. Sometimes watching a thunderstorm from a safe distance is a great experience. There’s something real about experiencing nature when a storm is coming.

I recall fondly looking forward to the occasional summer thunderstorm when I was young. The house we lived in had a screened in front porch, and my mom would let my sisters and I hang out there while the wind started picking up, the skies darkened, and the rain started to fall.

Now thunder and lightning at night was something different. I used thunderstorms during sleeping hours as an excuse to have to sleep in my parents’ room. Was I really scared, or did I just think sleeping on their floor was fun and exciting … my kids now do the same to me.

What about you? Do you mind the occasional summer thunder storm if it’s not too severe? Do you enjoy watching the storm come, as long as you do it from a safe distance? Share your thoughts or storm memories here.

I don’t wish for many thunderstorms this summer but won’t mind an occasional one now and again.


1 Jamie { 06.08.10 at 5:18 pm }

3 years ago a micro burst hit Palatine, Il and we all thought it was just going to be a great storm.. It turned out storm came in and a micro burst hit us and it caused a tree to fall on my car and total it. And no, it wasn’t a Ficus. Pretty incredible thing to watch happen in front of your vary eyes. I still love good summer storms!!!!

2 Patricia { 06.04.10 at 9:34 am }

When it is very hot and humid outside in the summer here in Arkansas, a nice thunderstorm brings a short cooling change. I moved here from California in my teens, and watching my first thunderstorm at night was thrilling. I remember sitting at the patio doors and watching the sky light up with all these dramatic bolts of lightening… I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. Of course I don’t like the damaging parts of a severe thunderstorm, but one that isn’t severe brings a nice change.

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