You know you're in for an interesting day when you open the front door at 7:00 AM and outside is warmer than in, and almost hot, humid air rushes into the house. It was 70ºF (21ºC) at that time, and I knew two things: first that I was going to take advantage of the warmth to get more garden tasks finished, and second that it was probably going to storm.

As the morning progressed, the winds picked up, and closer to noon when the temperature was a record high 80ºF (27ºC), the storms hit. Rain! Good, hard, soaking rain, and it wasn't going to miss us this time!


We haven't had a heavy, pouring rain like this since July -- it's been a dry summer for my garden. (Storms have dumped rain on the area at times this summer, but they always missed my yard.)

Look at that water dance!

It was nice to hear the water drumming against the kitchen window!

The winds kept gusting, and it kept changing from stormy to sunny to cloudy to stormy again for a while:

But the crazy winds (gusts of 50 mph or more) were bending the bamboo this way...

...and that way for hours.

The storms were driven by a slight cold front, but the day stayed warm and turned beautiful for the afternoon, so I was able to rake up a good portion of my leaves -- the ones that hadn't blown down the street.

Note that these storms were quite fierce and dangerous at times, spawning tornados that caused much damage and took lives. I'm certainly grateful for the rain they brought, but don't want to detract from the gravity of their effect on so many lives -- my thoughts and well wishes to all affected.


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scottweberpdx  – (November 18, 2013 at 10:10 AM)  

Yikes...glad you didn't have any damage...those storms were insane.

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (November 18, 2013 at 11:14 AM)  

You've had incredible temperature fluctuations lately. First 16°F and then 80°F?!? That can't be normal, even for your climate :-).

We're expecting our first rain of the season either later today or tomorrow. I can't wait!

Alan  – (November 18, 2013 at 11:20 AM)  

Yes, 16ºF was just last Wednesday morning. Glad I'm not one of those "let's put the summer clothes away for the year" type of people. :)

Kathy G  – (November 18, 2013 at 4:08 PM)  

I thought the same thing when I stepped outside yesterday morning. It was a good day for opening up the windows and letting the house air out (except for when the rain started coming in and we had to close many of them).

Lisa  – (November 18, 2013 at 8:08 PM)  

Thankfully, the worst of the storms missed us. Torrential rainfall and high winds, but what others experienced was so much worse. What a blessing that the warnings came early and often.

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