|Looks mostly harmless here, but what will it become?|
Wake up, it's hot. Go outside, you sweat. Come about 3 p.m., be prepared to get rained on. On and on it went, for a good couple of months. You might have a hurricane at some point, but it will have a name and you'll have been watching it for days.
Kansas? Don't even try to guess what it will do.
Last year on July 28, 2012, our temperature was 107 degrees and we were in the midst of a severe drought. Both 2011 and 2012 were in the top 10 years with total days over 100 degrees and the top 10 years with the greatest number of consecutive days over 100.
This year on July 28, our high was 66 (and not enough 100-degree days so far to even talk about) and it has been raining off and on for DAYS. We got another deluge this morning.
Beyond that, we got baseball-sized hail here in my little town last week that took out car windows, home and building windows, siding, roofs, outdoor furniture and many, many garden plants. There's a story here about worse damage the storm did elsewhere that day. Grapefruit-sized hail. Hospital windows blown out and patients moved. Walmart's and the mall's sky lights blown out. Cars beat down until they were totaled by insurance companies.
The thing is, every big looming cloud is cause for concern. What dangers lurk within it? Tornado? Big hail? Freak winds? Flash-flood rains?
Weird things happen in Kansas a lot. Temperatures plummeting or rising freakishly fast, like a heat burst that occurred in Wichita in 2011. Microbursts of wind destroying a single home.
So when we see clouds like the ones I photographed on the way home from Colorado the other day, we get a little nervous. This particular storm did no damage, but its buddy the following day was responsible for all that hail. You just never know.
|Rainbow is pretty, but I do not like the looks of it.|
|The skies are ominous and we can only wait and watch.|