Summer Storm

Summer air, heavy with unshed humidity, stifles the usual evening sounds. Breezes that were making the 31o heat bearable suddenly die and birds disappear into their woodland sanctuaries leaving an ominous silence.

 

It’s still two hours before sunset but I flick on lamps to fend off the darkness as purple-black clouds obliterate the sun. The dog paces from room to room, returning periodically to stand at the screened patio door, ears alert to something I cannot hear.

 

Like an approaching freight train a distant rumble rolls its way into the valley. It isn’t a crash and boom kind of storm, but one that builds slowly into a crescendo punctuated with increasing explosions of lightning. The wind races in and flings pellets of rain at the house, spattering them against the screens and instantly filling the eaves trough to overflowing. I hasten to close doors and windows.

 

Protected behind glass I stand watching until the tantrum wanes, thankful for the rain that puddles in the gardens while dreading the likelihood of more forest fires.

 

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

[Psalm 19:1]

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10 thoughts on “Summer Storm

  1. Jody Hedlund says:

    Beautifully written post, Carol. I felt as if I was right there with you! And thank you for your insightful comment on my blog post yesterday. You always have such wisdom to contribute. Thank you!

  2. joylene says:

    Sounds ominous, Carol. But spellbounding. Honestly, I could sit and read what you have to say all – day – long. You have such a powerful gift.

    • Thanks Jody and Joylene. Last night’s storm made its way through much of southern B.C. In Vancouver its display upstaged the fireworks at the Celebration of Light competition. It was quite a storm… violent and long lasting.

  3. vade55 says:

    Storms like that are awesome, but a bit scary, too. We had a bad one night before last, with lots of lightning and heavy rain, but I was too tired to get out of bed to watch. We’ve been getting rain almost every day so it’s hard to realize some people are worrying about forest fires. Take care.

    Carol

  4. Tricia says:

    You got me really craving for a storm right now. Summer storms are my favorite. I don’t get them in my neck of the woods.

    I added you to my blogroll, btw.

    • Hi, Carol and Tricia. Our local weather is usually “West Coast moderate” when it comes to both rain and temperature and we don’t get big storms very often which is why last night’s made such an impact. Our summer cabin is off the beaten track in the interior of the province. It’s often hot and dry there so the possibility of fire is always in the back of our minds.

      Thanks for the nod on your blogroll, Tricia. I have both yours and Carol’s bookmarked in my “Favourites”. 🙂

  5. Dave Ebright says:

    We get T-Storms almost every afternoon, usually around 4PM. You can tell they’re on the way – the frogs start … uh…. making loud frog noises, the hot air turns chilly, the wind kicks up & the lizards all run & hide. 1/2 an hour after the storm passes we get egrets & herons walking through the yard gobbling the frogs that were, you know, making frog noises.

    • That’s quite a post-storm image, Dave! Good thing I don’t like eating frogs legs. And our frogs make frog noises at night… we only hear a rare bullfrog croak during the day.

  6. Laura Best says:

    Your words have certainly conjured many images here. Beautifully written.

    As a matter of fact we are supposed to get thunder showers here on the east coast tonight.

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