Well, one good thing about the rainy-type weather we here in Connecticut have experienced lately — aside from not having to water our gardens since April — is that we’ve gotten to experience some unusual weather-related phenomena.
As some of you no doubt know first hand, there was a rare tornado touch-down in Wethersfield last Friday. From the Hartford Courant —
The tornado that tore through Wethersfield Friday afternoon lasted three minutes and traveled 1.7 miles, according to a report released Sunday by the National Weather Service.
The narrow twister started near Nott Street and Park Avenue and, with speeds of 80 to 90 mph, continued southeast, passing just south of town hall. It crossed the old town green, tore through a cornfield and ended before reaching I-91.
I’d just like to say for the record: Tornadoes are freakin’ scary and super dangerous, and those guys who chase them all over Tornado Alley each year, have screws loose.
At the same time the tornado was laying waste to Wethersfield and hail was pounding other parts of the state, at my home in Shelton we were getting bombarded by lightning — so much, as a matter of fact, that I was able to get a few pics of lightning strikes from my front porch.
Pretty cool, huh? And trust me, I’m no expert photographer, nor did I do anything tricky. Basically, I set my camera to “sports” and just sort of kept snapping for about 10 minutes. Not surprisingly, I’ve learned that lightning is really really really fast! Duh, right?
Much slower — and easier to capture on film — was a double rainbow we had Sunday night after a brief storm. Same porch, different direction, and this time the entire Damned Connecticut team were together — Kate noticed it first.
As interesting and cool as all this is, right now, I’d prefer just some plain old boring sunshine for a few weeks, thanks!