Thunderstorms in Phoenix!

Wow! I love this weather forecast, but I don’t believe it.

We’ll see if we actually get a storm…maybe I can get a picture like this…

doubtful…but I’m optimistic

Phoenix Storm

We had an incredible storm today! It even took the weathermen by surprise. We don’t normally have storms in the morning during monsoon season, but this was right around 9 a.m. and it was totally amazing.

Take a look at this tree! I’m not sure the exact cause, but it was in our office parking lot and was either struck by lightening or blown apart by the wind. Either way it was quite twisted and damaged. Apparently there was a car parked under it when it happened. The rain was coming down in buckets and several people were also stranded in their cars because they tried to cross washes that were too deep…stupid people. Someone’s home was struck by lightening in the east valley and caught on fire…very sad. I immediately thought that if our house caught on fire I’d probably lose all my pictures. That would be REALLY sad for me…all those fun pictures of family and friends gone… Well, I’d better get busy getting copies to Amy so she has my backups and vice versa.

Speaking of preserving pictures, my brother Pat has been here several times over the last few weeks bringing all of his pictures so we can store them for him while he goes on his next adventure. He plans to ride his bike along the gulf coast from Corpus Cristi, TX to Fort Meyers, FL. Yes, he’s really gonna do it!

He leaves 1 week from today. Oh my brother, Pat…that’s a very long story…maybe I’ll get into it another day…I’m too tired now. I’m going to relax a little…

Arizona Summer Clouds

So it’s Saturday and I have a bazillion things to do, but am deciding to do this. I’m feeling creative today and don’t feel like cleaning or organizing. I may go to the Arizona Home and Building Expo later to get some inspiration for the house and the landscaping, but Terry’s working in the yard now so hopefully we’ll go later.

One of the things that I’ve grown to love about Arizona is the monsoon season. Sounds crazy, but it’s one of the few times that we get to see any reasonable amount of clouds.

It’s also one of the few times of the year where we have any consistent potential for rain with some great thunder and lightening in the storms. Although they’re different, they remind me of the storms in Ohio. Maybe I’ll have a chance to get some storm photos soon. I’ve been admiring the clouds every night on my way home from work, but never had my camera with me. I finally took these pictures the other night from the car on our way from north Phoenix to Tempe.

I really love the clouds that we get to see this time of year!

I remember when I was young…11 or 12, when I had a pony named Midget (yeah I know) …anyway, my friend Nyoka (she was part American Indian from Oklahoma) and I would ride our horses without saddles out through the fields. We would lay back and look up at the clouds trying to imagine shapes like animals, people, objects.

We had so much fun letting our imaginations go wild for what seemed like hours…What a great way to enjoy the lazy days of summer as a kid! Maybe that’s why I like clouds so much.