Hey! This Isn’t Kansas…And Never Has Been!

13 Jun

Here we go again here on the East coast of the United States! It used to be that during a long hot summer day the sky would begin to darken, the wind would begin to blow, the trees would begin to sway, a flash of lightning would appear then thunder off in the distance and all would head for cover.

Then a thunderstorm would pass through, dumping rain on us all and after a short while the storm would pass and all would be right with the world again. Mostly they were kind of fun and enjoyable to watch or even be caught in as long as you could find a place of moderate shelter to stand under while the wind and rain moved through.

And they were always quite a refreshing respite to the heat of the day and they would always rear their ugly heads in the late afternoon or evening or perhaps late at night when one might be awakened to the flash and thunder of a passing storm…then in the morning the sun would be shining and you might wonder if perhaps that storm were only a dream.

Now?! These storms are being treated by everyone as the second coming! And they have become so violent in their nature that one might expect an angry god to appear out of the sturm and drang to actually take retribution on us all…and I’m not kidding!

And they come complete with warnings hours in advance…we never had warnings before…there were no warnings in thunderstorms! And they arrive in the morning! What gives? It’s only 10Am and already the animals and myself have battened the hatches and are prepared to cower under the covers for the rest of the day…the rest of the day!?!

Who ever heard of a thunderstorm that lasts an entire day? And this one is supposed to bring giant hail…GIANT HAIL?! And tornado like winds…Isn’t that a tornado?! And don’t I live in New Jersey?!

Would someone please tell these storms that they are not in Kansas any more?!

What have we done to the planet Earth to deserve this? Is this happening where you live… Or are storms still pretty much storms where you are? Please let me know because either we have completely screwed up the entire planet…and the planet isn’t happy…or New Jersey has finally gotten its comeuppance for all of the crazy stuff that you no doubt have heard that all of we crazy New Jersians do!

Whatever happened to storms? You know, the kind the dictionary describes like this: a disturbance of the atmosphere marked by wind and usually by rain, snow, hail, sleet, or (not all!) thunder and lightning…

22 Responses to “Hey! This Isn’t Kansas…And Never Has Been!”

  1. Morgan Mussell June 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    “Too late to avoid climate disaster, D.C., other cities begin to adapt,” by Dana Milbank, Washington Post:


  2. TamrahJo June 13, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    My mom is visiting back east – – we discussed this morning on just how great it would be if we could move the rain from flooding areas over to put out our local wildfires here in Colorado…

  3. Sonya June 13, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    Where I live we get crazy horrible storms in the summer. Often they don’t scare me, as I grew up with them, but as time has gone by and the death toll has risen (or at least with age they began telling me people would die in the storm) as well as driving through horrible storms, I finally see them as more than just awesome possible power outages. Maybe the storms are the same but our perception of them has become worse? Storms wherein people die are not fun, joyous things. I don’t know maybe they are worse and I just have yet to process it. I just looked outside and there is some major overcast here. Summer storms here we come.

  4. ontyrepassages June 13, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    Here in the west it’s drought, high winds, and forest fires. I remember the east coast storms as you describe them. Sorry to hear what they’ve become.

  5. Bill Jones, Jr. June 13, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    We used to have storms like this all the time when I was a kid in Virginia. Then things calmed down quite a bit for years. I think it’s just cyclical.

  6. Barbara Backer-Gray June 14, 2013 at 1:28 am #

    Here in Texas the summers are getting hotter and in general the climate is getting drier. Well, in the sense of having less rain, that is. Humidity is still up there.

  7. belsbror June 14, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    I nominated you for the “Shine On” award. Please get the badge at http://wp.me/p32YrK-le and get more info. Have a nice day.

    • gpicone June 15, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

      Thanks! šŸ™‚

      • belsbror June 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

        You’re welcome. Your posts are very informative. šŸ™‚

  8. reocochran June 14, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    I am going to make a kind of thoughtless answer to all of this: We make more drama about the very same things our parents, forebears accepted, and we tend to spend a lot of time worrying using the multi-media, especially t.v. stressing us out. I mean there were always locusts, potato famines, drought, flooding, storms… We are not having a second coming, sorry, that is my own opinion, of course. It is like when central Ohioans make a big deal of two or three inches, I have coworkers who fret as they leave work, I grew up on Lake Erie where we only got concerned if Feet of snow! were being measured! Just saying….

    • gpicone June 15, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

      Good point. šŸ™‚ Although the article that Morgan Mussell posted at the top of comments is an eye opener!

  9. sheilamariegrimes June 15, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

    I love reading your blog. I’m nominating you for the WordPress Family Award. Thalnks for being there in cyperspace. Here’s a link for the info: http://sheilamariegrimes.com/2013/06/15/wordpress-family-award/

    • gpicone June 17, 2013 at 3:40 am #

      Thanks so much! šŸ™‚

  10. mike olley June 24, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    There is no such thing as weather patterns any more, they’re just random scribbles.

  11. I don’t believe there’s such a thing as a simple storm any longer. I grew up in Kansas and I remember standing on the back steps watching the funnel clouds, never once thinking about taking shelter. We’d watch a tractor fly through the sky from another farm followed by a pickup truck belonging to someone else. The worst was when an animal such as a cow was picked up and tossed through the air like a plastic toy. Storms lasted for short periods of time and then recovery started. Now, they last for weeks and months. Mother Earth is not happy with what we humans have done to her.

  12. Thoughtlife July 4, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    I live in the UK. The thing we keep hearing about over there in the states is this heat in California. Cook you like the eponymous raisin we’re hearing. Myself, I remember when I was a child we used to have summers. Like an actual period of sustained sunshine. If that happened today we’d count it a miracle. Where I live we have but one season now. Rain.

  13. Anne July 13, 2013 at 4:57 am #

    I hope the storms haven’t caused you too much harm. It’s been a few weeks since you posted on your blog. We are getting crazy storms in Alberta, too.

  14. Anne Chia July 14, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    Hey hope all is well at your end? Come back, I miss your posts šŸ™‚

  15. Jae July 22, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    I was wondering why I never saw your posts in my feed anymore. Hopefully the storms didn’t get the best of you. Maybe you’re off taking a vacation in some fabulous part of the world. I’m hoping it’s the vacation answer. šŸ˜‰

    • gpicone July 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

      Hey Jae, Thanks for your note! It’s been super hot here and I’ve just fallen into a funk I guess and need to get back in the groove again šŸ™‚ Hope all is well on your end!


      • Jae July 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

        Ugh, I know about hot. July is not a cool month here either. Glad to know the storms didn’t get you. šŸ™‚

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