Wednesday, June 4, 2008


Wow, I must be desperate for something to write about today. But, what a minute, maybe you don't think talking about the weather is boring. I used to, but since moving to Kansas last year I've changed my mind. It is a very fickle thing here. Being in the middle of the country we are subject to the whims of many weather patterns and it can change very quickly. I thought that living on the West Coast was unpredictable, but Kansas has it beat!

I took the picture above around dinner time 5:30 PM yesterday when I noticed it getting dark all of a sudden on an otherwise beautiful, sunny day (86 degrees) although it was a little too humid in my book! I took more pictures as the clouds rolled in, the deluge of rain started and the temperature dropped to around 68 degrees all in the matter of a couple of hours. The storm continued until around 1:00 AM. You wonder how I know the time, and I do because I cannot sleep when there are lights flashing all around me and I hear thunder crashing every few seconds! I always think it's the perfect setting for a scary movie when the villain chases the girl around the house with knife in hand. Pardon, my imagination, I just can't help myself! I wish I could take those really cool pictures at night where you see the lightening cracks in the sky, but I'm too scared to step outside and now I know why.

I learned this morning that a fuel tank in Kansas City, Kansas holding about 1.2 million gallons of unleaded fuel was on fire since early Wednesday after being stuck by lightening. Isn't that ironic? With all the focus on the prices of fuel these days a fuel tank blows up. At $3.87 a gallon that's a ton of money! You can figure it out, it's too mind - boggling to me!

Nope, I've decided that weather is definitely not a boring subject!

Remember my friend the toad, from an earlier entry (see 05/17). Well, I guess he has at least two other pals because I saw them stuck in the window well last night. I had to wait until morning because of the storm but as you can see by this one's face he was pretty happy to be out of there!

We woke up to a beautiful, bright sunny day as you can see in the picture. I wonder what tonight will bring?


  1. Your post brought back so many memories!! I was born and raised in Topeka, KS so know all too well about the crazy weather. I used to stay up all night too when the thunder and lightning was going on. I'm the biggest chicken of all when it comes to thunderstorms and tornadoes which is why I moved as soon as I graduated from college. You said it right though, "Nothing Boring about Kansas Weather"!

  2. Random weather is just a pain. Last year we had a good year until the rain came, it rained all morning and all day. it rained & rained some more. by 4pm I had heard where I lived, Gloucester (UK) was flooded. So crazy.

    I watched storm chasers recently, I think they were driving around texas chasing those tornadoes!


  3. I live in Michigan and our weather here is pretty crazy too. And we get winds off the lake like you wouldn't believe!
    p.s. thanks for stopping by my blog.


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