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Noted in Passing: “I bless the rains down in Al-abama…”

Time to find out which side of the atmosphere the rain is painted on.

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  • azlibertarian August 11, 2021, 9:11 AM

    When it comes to rain, I have to admit that I dunno nuttin’ about nuttin’, what with being from Arizona and all (Well, I may know a little sumpin’ about this morning’s monsoon rain overwhelming my rain gutters and Mrs. azlib placing the chore of finding out why at the top of my “Honey-do” list. (“Sumpin'” and rain? You see what I did there? Sometimes I crack myself up.)

    But that looks a lot like the door to an aircraft hangar. If that were me, with the wind and rain blowing sideways like that, I’d want that door closed. That wind-driven rain exerts a lot of force, and I wouldn’t want to be inside should that door turn into a sail.

  • Dirk August 11, 2021, 9:27 AM

    Experienced rain like that in Southeast Asia, a life time ago,, Amazing.

    My group are again planning a month in Vietnam, riding the Ho Chi Mehn? trail, north to south. The China bug killed our plans, couple yrs ago. I’m concerned, my spines fused in several spots, fake discs, and steel plates holding me together these days. Pains intensifying yet again.

    They go,,,,,,I go.


  • tim August 11, 2021, 10:23 AM

    I’d keep playing…

  • Casey Klahn August 11, 2021, 10:53 AM

    Dirk knows it all too well. I experienced that rain in Columbus, GA. They can’t seem to make their storm drains big enough no matter what. I was always out side doing something when those things hit, and they’d go for tens of minutes and then quit. And then, it was back to the hundred degrees and searing sun.

    In WA, we take our rain in fine measure all year long. No disrespect…but, dayumn.

  • Karen August 11, 2021, 12:19 PM

    Rain like that was not uncommon in South Carolina. I got caught in a downpour very similar leaving base (Parris Island) one late after noon, could not see the hood of my car but also could not stop for getting possibly rear-ended by the cars behind me. Not a fun driving experience but similar to the dust storms I’ve encountered in Arizona. That said, I very much enjoy watching the show of the rain or dust from safely inside my home.

  • Jewel August 11, 2021, 1:24 PM

    I used to tell at the kids for leaving the front door open when the heat was on, cuz you don’t want to be heating the outdoors in the wintertime.
    I looked at that and thought first that it was the biggest TV screen I’ve ever seen, and the special effects were amazing…until water started to splash out of the building. How the heck did they get a tornado inside a building? And then I saw waaaay up to the ceiling.
    Fun illusion, all the way around!

  • ghostsniper August 11, 2021, 1:52 PM

    Dirk sed: “Pains intensifying yet again.”
    While over there, step off the beaten path and latch onto some thai sticks and honey oil. Them pains will vanish like a fart in the wind.

    There’s a reason exterior doors on southwest Florida houses swing out, rather than in. The harder it blows the tighter the door closes. In the summer, about 4pm, the sky turns black and ominous, the thunderheads gather, and the torrent gushes hard. For 10 mins. Then just like that it’s gone, the sky is blue and the heat is hot. The humidity goes through the moon and the mosquitoes dance. The swale in the front yard is 2 feet deep and 6′ wide and all the kids break out the skim boards. YAYYY!

  • Bill Henry August 11, 2021, 8:37 PM

    Lots of rain… these deluges are becoming more frequent. I know.. it has always rained, but, not like this in so many places.. and so little in others.. changes are afoot.

    I encourage my fellow sojourners to closely investigate GSM… Grand Solar Minimum… The best site I have found for introductions and explanations is a youtube channel called https://www.youtube.com/c/YanasaTV/videos … You have to go back a ways but the introduction videos are there..

    Our world is changing.. again… the only constant is change.. but this time its a big one.. GSM folks.
    I believe alot of the strangeness can be explained by what is coming. The elite know.. you should too..

    God Bless

  • Steve in PA August 12, 2021, 3:44 AM

    Yeah, about that. I live in Pennsylvania (hence my catchy moniker) and yesterday, I was on our local lake with my daughter and son-in-law. Forecast was hot and sunny, small chance of t-storms later in the day. We felt confident that our day would be uneventful, so we took out the old pontoon and a couple of jet skis to skitter around on. Took the skis down lake about twenty miles, anchored and swam around for a bit to cool off in the very intense sunshine. Started back, noticed a cloud no bigger than a man’s hand, but soon enough, the sky was black and the rains began, along with enough wind to make running the skis full out impossible in the chop that crested at least a foot high. Oh yeah, I almost forgot the water funnels that kept popping up, dancing around then disappearing. I ran into one that nearly knocked my ski over. The lightening strikes on the trees lining the shore were rather impressive and the hail that began to pelt us was uncomfortable to say the least. We made it back to our anchorage just about the same time the storm ended and Old Sol reappeared. Quite a day. Unfortunately, no video was taken but all hands were saved alive. Think I’ll maybe go out again today, just so’s I can feel alive again.

  • Dirk August 12, 2021, 10:11 AM

    Ghost, I’ve grown since Oregon made it legal, four lil ladies usually. I don’t indulge, I give 100% away to vet buddies, in need. I like to gift the vets with an Oregon Ounce. A full one gallon plastic baggie crammed full.

    After all the gift IS in the giving.

    I do keep mucho in my preps. I recognize if the US were to fall apart, men will still need their vices. I view bud as medicine. I also keep a pound or more of opium seeds in the preps. Purchased off at Amazon.com. They are The Real Deal.

    The flowers are amazing!


  • Vanderleun August 12, 2021, 10:53 AM

    What a fine fine gift to vets or anybody else in need. VI is a good man. Gets my vote.

  • EX-Californian Pete August 12, 2021, 11:10 AM

    That looks similar to some of the storms we’ve had in Ohio over the last few months. They’re amazing to experience, and produce some of the most impressive thunder and lightning displays I’ve ever seen.

    And we always welcome the abundance of water that keeps everything so lush and green around here- with the exception of getting caught in a huge downpour while being on 2 wheels.

  • james wilson August 12, 2021, 12:59 PM

    I saw a storm like that once in Hawaii once….accross the street.

  • Karen August 12, 2021, 8:56 PM

    How did I forget the rain on Kauai; so much water so fast we barely got our parked vehicles to higher ground to avoid bigger problems than just wet floorboards. I think I prefer driving in windy dust than pouring rain.