Friday, October 26, 2007

Rain! 3 days of it!

In this rain-starved area, this is good news!

Special Weather Statement

WAKE-JOHNSTON-HARNETT- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...RALEIGH...SMITHFIELD... LILLINGTON 128 PM EDT WED OCT 24 2007

...STRONG THUNDERSTORMS SOUTH OF RALEIGH...

A CLUSTER OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS ABOUT 20 MILES SOUTH OF RALEIGH NEAR ANGIER WILL MOVE NORTH NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH...CLOSE TO THE WAKE JOHNSTON COUNTY LINE THROUGH 230 PM. THESE STORMS WILL AFFECT SUCH AREAS AS GARNER...COATS CROSSROADS...CLAYTON... WENDELL AND FLOWERS.

THE STORMS WILL PRODUCE UP TO 25 LIGHTNING STRIKES IN A FIVE MINUTE PERIOD ALONG WITH TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS AND WIND GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH. RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF ONE TO TWO INCHES ARE ALSO LIKELY IN LESS THAN AN HOUR.

Yikes! I heard the thunder and decided it would be prudent to let the dogs out before the rain. I was so taken by the colors in the sky I ran back inside for my camera. I know North Carolina is not"big sky country" but compared to New Jersey it is. I never get tired of sky watching!

I was amazed at all the different colors in the clouds as the storm approached. What first caught my eye was the sun shining off the white siding on the house next door with the black clouds behind it. But the moment passed before I could run for the camera. This is looking from the backyard SW (the direction the storm was coming from) at the subdivision across the road.
Then I turned around and looked north over the trees at the end of the back yard.
Then I turned and looked SE past the other end of the house. (Our house is L shaped with the point of the L pointing due south.) There were so many different colors in the clouds and sky.
The cool thing in this photo is the four hawks wheeling around in the sky.
Then the rain started so I went inside and took photos out the front door. Whew, even if the gutters weren't clogged with pecans they couldn't have handled this!
Looking south.So many colors and layers of clouds.In a pause between storms I went out to get the mail and had to take this one.
And was still impressed by all the colors and layers.
So since I was already Standing There Like A Fool With A Camera...on the wet driveway... thunder rumbling all around...I took a photo of my new old car. Isn't she pretty? Diamond white, 1999 Avalon.
And there is my sweet Ngaire, The Stealth Dog, waiting for me to come back inside, ready to protect me from the storm. Of course, by day three (yesterday) there was enough rain for the ground to get really muddy so now she is the Big Black Mud Monster! Sigh....

2 comments:

Sharon said...

Seeing the sky reminds me of growing up in the Midwest and the thunderstorms that we had there. I miss those days. I love the rain and thunder. As long as we had a basement to hide in.

meggie said...

I loved all your sky pics. I like to watch, & take pics of the clouds.