Friday, July 18, 2008

When the brimstone starts falling THEN I'll get concerned.

We've experienced an unusual number of thunderstorms here in Rhode Island this summer. I mean REAL thunderstorms with warnings and everything! The kids and I were driving home from the grocery store during one storm when the EMERGENCY BROADCAST SIGNAL interrupted our radio programming (K-LOVE) to inform us of a thunderstorm warning.

Really? Thanks! I hadn't noticed the thick black clouds hanging in the sky or the raindrops falling on my windshield.

"DANGEROUS thunderstorm. Heavy rains, lightening, and strong winds. If you are outside, go indoors or seek cover. Lightening kills many people every year. If you can hear the thunder then you are close enough to be struck by lightening."

I'm NOT exaggerating. Needless to say, my children were starting to freak out because of this crazy person on the radio. I just laughed at his last statement and told my children it wasn't true. Just because you can hear the thunder doesn't mean you will be can be hit by lightening! For Pete's Sake. Hasn't he ever heard that you count the seconds between when you see the lightening and when you hear the thunder and that's how many miles away it is?! Talk about over reaction. I assured Will and Ben we were safe and there was nothing to fear.

Later in the evening, just as Joel got home, the heavens opened and dumped buckets of rain on our house. They also added HAIL. I've only seen hail a handful of times in the decade we've lived in Rhode Island. Mostly it was pea-sized but there were a few small acorn-sized pieces. My boys thought it was really cool to watch it fall from the safety of our breezeway (enclosed porch). And lest you think I exaggerate, I took pictures. Afterward there was even a rainbow. Sadly, those pictures aren't clear enough to see.

It occurs to me that I should add a note about New England weather for you folks down South. We don't get tornadoes here. More accurately I should say a tornado is extremely rare. Sort of like an earthquake in eastern Arkansas - they happen about once every hundred years or so.


Lizz @ Yes, and So is My Heart said...

That is the kind of weather that makes me want to sit by the window and alternate between reading and watching the weather. I'm fortunate so far that my kiddos think storms are interesting and not scary. Hopefully this lasts.

Billie said...

my kids would be super psyched to see hail!! we get it around here too, but not too often.

Jenn said...

Did you jinx yourself? I heard about the Tornado warning yesterday! :-) It was on The Weater Channel.

Jenn said...

Correction: Weather Channel.. even though I am from Arkansas I can spell Weather. :-)

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