Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Clouds, Storms, Rain, Hail, Leaks

Look at this beautiful summer sky! Take time to look UP occasionally. However, we are in a season of unusual rain and many storms - a good thing, but almost every rain storm comes with HAIL in this part of the country! You may have seen the devastating result on my earlier Hosta post. Gardens are definitely subject to total damage, as are crops.

Storms are popping up almost every evening, along with the NOAA weather radio going off, scaring us to death, recurrent checks of the radar on TV, visits outside to see where the storm is headed -- oh my, the busy life of retired Senior Citizens! LOL.

This one produced a lot of wind, rain, hail, and more rain, and uh ohhhhh, "What the daXX blazes is this dripping in the middle of the family room"!!!! OMGosh a leak!!! (I tamed the language down a bit, for those of you with proper manners!

DH rushed outside to the garage to get a ladder (LOTS of horrendous lightning happening, appearing to hit in our back yard, and there he goes waltzing across the yard after the ladder so we can check the attic area)!! It's only a space - one cannot actually walk up there. Naturally, we can't see a thing, even with our handy-dandy-for-emergencies-only-flashlight torch. And while I am being totally sweet and helpful, holding the ladder, and handing him the torch, SOMEONE is NOT being pleasant during the process and it wasn't me! Pretty soon it stops raining and now we'll never find it's source -- Gotta get up on the roof! OMGosh, we're getting too old for that!

(As I'm writing this, our weather alert went off again!)

Well, this is the view after the storm - pretty impressive, right?

17 comments:

Quiltin' LibraryLady said...

Gorgeous cloud pictures. Luckily most of the hail has missed us so far, but we did have a couple storms with a considerable amount of wind....one left a lot of trees and limbs down all over town.

Vicki W said...

Wonderful photos!

Karen said...

That last photo is something else!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Amazing picture. We just had out roof replaced last summer, and today I was soooo glad we did. Lots and lots of heavy rain. But no leaks :-)

paula, the quilter said...

Well, now you don't have to worry about the leak until the next rain. *grin*

Nancy said...

Wow, I love the last photo. The power and beauty of nature are awesome.

I hope you find the source of the leak and get it repaired before the next storm.

Quilting4U said...

Yuk on the storms!!!! But the pictures are just spectacular! Thanks for sharing!

Joyce said...

What a dramatic sky! That's one of the perks of living on the prairies, even if they do bring hail sometimes.

Owens Family Adventures said...

Those clouds are just WOW!! I love a good storm....helping the hubby fix stuff?? Not so much. Kudos to you for keeping your cool and not taking the ladder out from underneath him....not that I would EVER do that!! hahahaha
dawn

Lindah said...

Impressive skies, yes! Good photo job!
Sorry about the leak. Oh my!--home repairs...not fun! But I'll tell you, I get some good exercise when DH does the repairs..."I need this" "I need that" "Go up there and do that" --And then of course, cleaning up and putting away the tools, etc. afterward. shew!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

We had a flash flood here and lightening storm last night. My daughter was with me in the car with her phone and caught some pictures of the strikes. Summer weather can be so amazing. Leak! Ick. You've had a year of calamities. I hate home repairs. The last one we had was our water heater and in the end after Mr. Hive worked on it all day, we called a plumber after hours to fix what he did to the tune of $250.00 plus parts and the water heater. That was costly!

Judy said...

Your photos are stunning! I am so happy we don't get that kind of weather here in WA state. I'll take our rain but today I'll take the 90+ sunshine. I'm kinda scared of the thunder and lightening....you'll find me hiding with the dogs. ;)

I sure hope this doesn't mean a new roof.......that hurts the wallet.

StitchinByTheLake said...

It stormed here earlier this week but we didn't get hail, thank goodness. My friend, who lives an hour away, did though. It was ping pong ball size and she almost certainly will have to havew a new roof. And it dented the hood of her car in about 20 places so that will need work too! blessings, marlene

Lynn said...

You are getting more rain than you want and we are really dry here and could use any we could get. We do NOT want the hail though. Hope you find the leak and can get it fixed.

Purple Pam said...

Your pictures are amazing. Glad there wasn't a lot of damage from the hail.

meggie said...

That last photo is just stunning! Also, a little scary, somehow!

I love seeing all your quilts, & do hope the Lost Quilt finds it's home again!!

Susan said...

We also are in our third season of many bad storms, the kind we used to get only once every couple of years. Scientists say it's climate change and it's already here. I hope we can at least slow it -- the crops are so vulnerable. The storms are spectacular but destructive for farmers and ranchers. Hope your roof is ok.