Approaching Storm

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We’ve been watching an approaching storm on radar, this Tuesday afternoon.  It has already rolled over Amelia, west of Richmond, where a blogging friend and her family live.  A tornado was spotted, and I hope to soon hear that all is well.

This is a long line of storms, stretching from north of Delaware across us, and south over the Carolinas.  Another blogging friend, in Maryland, has this storm rolling over her now.


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It amazes me how quickly late afternoon sunshine can turn to dusk when these monster thunderstorms approach.  I stood out in the garden, watching the creeping clouds blot out the sunshine with their approach.  The rumble of distant thunder sent me back inside.

The story is all too common, these days, as storms roll across the planet.  Windstorms carry clouds of dust across Arizona, and cloudbursts flood streets in Colorado.  Typhoons hit distant destinations around the Pacific Ocean.  These great sweeps and surges of energy touch us all, in one way or another.


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Do you like watching storms?  Do you enjoy tracking their progress?  Do you keep an eye to the weather?

We are weather geeks here, and note the patterns of the changing seasons.  We trust this storm will lose its steam as it rolls around us and out to sea.  We welcome the rain, but hope for the best for all those to the north and south of this line of thunderstorms.


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If you enjoy watching the weather closely, perhaps you’ve already found The Weather Underground.  This is about the best site we’ve found.  After you type in your own zip code, go to the “Wundermap” and personalize your own clean radar view .  You might find this is a little more complete and informative than what your local TV station shows; or even what you might find on  cable TV weather.

The front is nearly here.  It has grown dark out, and it is time to shut down the computer.  I hope that all of the storms pass you safely by.


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Lifelong teacher and gardener.

14 responses to “Approaching Storm

  1. I check weather underground more times in a day than I care to admit 🙂
    Watching summer storms build and then come across the valley towards us is always exciting. All that power and energy is a little intimidating and it’s fun to stand up to it but have the safety of the house to run to when things get threatening!

    • It is always interesting to watch the weather patterns play out. They feel almost like living creatures as they build energy and move over the landscape. I’m happy to find another fan 😉 Thank you for visiting Forest Garden 🙂

  2. Entertainment for farmers, gardeners and outdoor sportsmen: an ongoing dialog about the weather. Gorgeous thunderheads have surrounded us for days, but blue skies persist overhead, along with too-hot-for-comfort temps. Rain, rain, come to stay and stick around another day.

    • Hear, Hear! I hope your beautiful cooling rain returns soon, to stay with you. Oregon’s rain is so comforting, and I know your garden misses it. I hope it is a good omen that I just sent my little granddaughter rain boots and a rain coat. Her mom (at the coast) expects the rains to begin any time now ❤ ❤ ❤

  3. Call me crazy, but I love a good thunderstorm! The drama of wind, pelting rain and thunderclaps preceded by bolts of lightning. Of course, if it brings damage and power outages, and god forbid, worse, I’m not so happy. But a good cleansing shower is always welcome in the garden. We have a beautiful rainbow tonight after the storms around sunset – just lovely!
    Hope the storm passed you without any damage. Hugs!

  4. I tried the site and it’s great. Thanks.

  5. We to get some mighty storms this time of year the thunder just seems to louder..thank you for the weather link..stay safe 🙂

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