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Thunderstorms Discussion Thread

Amaury

Well-known member
#1
So we've had a lot rain this summer, which is unusual for us because we're kind of considered a "desert" here in Ellensburg, and we've currently got a thunderstorm going on right now.

While I used to be scared of them when I was a little kid, I personally love thunderstorms now! We had a pretty good one the night of September 5 that lasted about five hours, although our area only got about an hour of it. It was so much that streets were flooded.

What about you guys?
 

Tracy Perry

Well-known member
#8
Oh, wow. Was this a hurricane or tornado, then, or just an incredibly powerful, but normal, thunderstorm?
Tornado... very typical in April when you live around Tornado Alley. We also frequently get 60+ MPH straight line winds from thunderstorms (sometimes upwards of 80). Straight line winds are not to be confused with derechos - which only occur about once a year.
 

Amaury

Well-known member
#9
Tornado... very typical in April when you live around Tornado Alley. We also frequently get 60+ MPH straight line winds from thunderstorms (sometimes upwards of 80). Straight line winds are not to be confused with derechos - which only occur about once a year.
Well, I know derecho is Spanish for right, but we're not talking about directions here, obviously, haha!

What are derechos?
 
#11
Love em. Remember being caught in a tropical storm in Barbados (downgraded from Hurricane 3 hours before it hit us) and the constant lightning was incredible.

When I hear that rumble of thunder in the distance now, the camera comes out in the hope I'll manage to catch a good lightning flash
 

Tracy Perry

Well-known member
#12
Love em. Remember being caught in a tropical storm in Barbados (downgraded from Hurricane 3 hours before it hit us) and the constant lightning was incredible.

When I hear that rumble of thunder in the distance now, the camera comes out in the hope I'll manage to catch a good lightning flash
I like them myself. Still go out whenever I hear one coming. Just don't particularly like them in the spring.
 

Motobaka

Active member
#13


2/3 of our staff has to fly from Tampico to Mexico City tomorrow because we have coverage of a live event at Panamá. I´m already at Mexico City, even if they let them fly I put myself in their place and I would be scared to fly on such weather. We´ll just have to wait and see how it goes.
 

dangonay

Active member
#14
I'm from the prairies and we get thunderstorms regularly all summer long. It's fun to sit on the porch and watch the light show. Luckily, tornadoes are very rare for us so all we really get is a great light show with a short, but very heavy rain and occasional hail.

Though I could see people not liking them in some areas if there's significant damage/mess to clean up afterwards.