Fascinated by Powerful Weather

Japan is a country that gets a lot of typhoons. I tend to go through about three every summer and fall. Sometimes more. Already had one this spring, which is strange.  In Canada, I was treated to multiple thunderstorms a week.  They’re not long, but they tend to come around in July the most. This kind of weather scares a lot of people.

Not me. When a thunderstorm comes, I want to watch. When a typhoon comes, I want to go outside and see how strong the wind and rain are. I am absolutely fascinated by this kind of weather. I love a good thunderstorm.

People find it strange when I mention that I actually enjoy typhoons and thunderstorms. I even find earthquakes interesting to go through. I went through a huge one four years ago, and whenever they hit now, I’m always interested in feeling it. What does this say about me?

I feel a somewhat scientific detachment from these phenomena. I observe with the mindset of a scientist. I like to know what’s going on, and I understand very well how these things happen. I also understand the risks involved, and how to keep myself safe. And I always unplug my computer during a thunderstorm.

It’s not just thunderstorms and typhoons I enjoy. I also like seeing blizzards or snowstorms. Last year, we had a couple big snow storms here, which is quite unusual. The Tokyo area is unprepared for heavy snow. The snow that we get here is very wet and heavy, and it’s extremely slippery and difficult to drive through. In this case, I enjoy watching other people try to cope with it. What’s funny is that one day that I was walking to the station because of no buses, a Brazilian woman came up to me and asked me in Japanese to take her picture with her phone. She wanted to show people the snow.

How do you feel about extreme weather?

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14 thoughts on “Fascinated by Powerful Weather”

  1. While I am most certainly not detached when I experience severe weather, I do get very excited. I like to sit outside when hurricanes arrive to feel the wind and rain approach – to feel the temperature change against my skin. There’s nothing scientific about my wonder; it’s all wonder and awe and, most of all, art.

    1. Maybe I should say I’m detached. I mean, I don’t feel any strong negative emotions. It’s all positive, and I am feeling excited. However, part of me is thinking scientifically.

      1. I had this old phone case that said, “Science is the poetry of reality,” and so if we are going by that, I’d say you and I are pretty much on the same page here. :]

  2. I love storms. Snow storms, hurricanes, thunder, lightning, the whole works. I haven’t experienced an earthquake or typhoon yet. I approach them with intense curiosity. I love to watch them, too and get excited to hear that a storm is coming.

    1. Typhoons are exactly the same thing as a hurricane. The only difference is location. If you’ve experienced a hurricane, then you know what a typhoon is like.

  3. Safety tends to be my biggest concern. I love to watch big snowstorms, but I don’t go out driving in them. If there is a tornado warning, I am heading for the basement, not going out chasing it!

    1. I’ve driven during a couple blizzards. Not fun. One of them was New Year’s Eve, and there was absolutely no traffic. It was after midnight, and I saw only one car the entire time, and this is in a city of more than a million people.

      1. Must have been weird to be out in the wee hours of New Year’s with no one else around, although the blizzard was probably safer to drive with than a bunch of drivers who had imbibed too much ringing in the New Year!

        1. Well, I was driving to my sister’s house to pick up my mom from a New Year’s party. The roads were so slippery that when I came to a major intersection, the anti-lock brakes did nothing to stop me from sliding across the intersection. I was extremely lucky that there were no cars at all.

            1. Yeah, well, I was extremely careful on my way back home. I couldn’t even see any sidewalks, so I had no idea where the edge of the road was.

  4. Storms are great. I love the monsoons here in AZ, and even the dust storms (haboobs) which are quite visually impressive. Safety is always a concern of course — AZ’s weather is pretty safe unless you’re driving, so if something starts up while I’m still at work, I’m not happy that it didn’t wait until I was in specating position. Even a bit of rain can cause flash floods in the washes, which cross a lot of the outlying roads. But aside from any dangers, I love storms, and I like weather- and tectonic-related science programming. The science and engineering of how we compensate for these tremendous natural forces is just as interesting as the forces themselves.

    1. It would be quite different in a desert environment. Where I live, it’s humid subtropical. This is a very wet area, and the driest season is winter. We’re in the middle of rainy season (a 1 1/2 month long monsoon season). Rain most days at this time of year. Then from late July, it becomes very sunny and incredibly hot and humid. Every day is basically the same, unless a typhoon comes by. Flooding is a major concern during typhoons, of course. And landslides are common.

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