I’ve said before that I love thunderstorms. Well, look at this forecast.
That hourly forecast is for tomorrow. Basically, we have more than a week of thunderstorms ahead of us. We’re supposed to go to Elk Island National Park this Saturday. I don’t know if it’s going to happen.
Do you like this kind of forecast?
You may remember that I love thunderstorms. One thing I love about Edmonton is that there are thunderstorms often in summer. Well, last night, while I was sitting in the living room, a strong wind suddenly came, and dark clouds moved in. I went outside and this is what I saw.
Very dark! The weather news said a thunderstorm was moving along the south side of the city and coming in this direction. I was very interested in seeing some lightning. It didn’t happen. It rained, but no lightning. I was disappointed. The dark clouds came, but they didn’t deliver.
Tonight, there’s a 40% chance of thunderstorms again. Not great odds, and I don’t expect it to happen.
Anyone else like thunderstorms?
I’ve been enjoying looking at the sky recently. The clouds in Alberta are so different than Japan’s clouds. The flat land has a lot to do with it. There are bigger temperature changes, and often more wind. And sometimes, the clouds just look weird.
Last night, the clouds were curly.
And the sunsets have been interesting. But it was too cloudy last night for much of one, but I saw this:
What I’m looking forward to this summer are the giant cumulonimbus clouds that come with thunderstorms. They are incredible here.
What are typical clouds like where you live?
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?