The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

29 November 2006

It came from out of the sky

It doesn't happen too often — air masses don't always move quickly — but now and then, if you pay attention, you can actually see a front coming through.

For that matter, you can hear it too. I was standing in my driveway about six-thirty this morning. The temperature was around 62 degrees, with a not-quite-brisk southerly wind keeping it way warmer than average. And above all the city noises there was this indefinable roar, seemingly from out of nowhere.

The trees, mostly bare by now, stopped quivering in the breeze. The roar grew louder, and louder still. A handful of leaves along the curb began rattling. More joined in. The trees started up again, this time faster. And a shot of cold Canadian air hit me square in the back, reminding me that I'd be well-advised to go get a jacket.

The temperature has dropped about 25 degrees in the hour since, and rain has started. They tell us that eventually that rain will mutate into something nasty and frozen. None of this is unusual, particularly; but unless you're a storm spotter or a major weather geek (I'm a few clicks short of the latter, I think), you simply shrug and go on, knowing that whatever is about to happen, you can't do anything about it anyway.

Posted at 7:30 AM to Soonerland , Weather or Not

I remember one time in Sacramento hearing a distant roar that turned out to be an approaching hailstorm.

That was awesome.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:35 AM on 29 November 2006

Back in the 80's in Tulsa I worked at a bank and watched the time/temp sign change from 103 to 64 in 15 minutes and then a wall of hail crashed into the building. That was my WELCOME TO OKLAHOMA DAMMIT moment.

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 12:47 PM on 29 November 2006

It just hit here about 15 minutes ago. Now there's a severe t-storm and the temp has dropped about 20 degrees in the last 30 minutes.

Posted by: rita at 5:21 PM on 29 November 2006

Down to 31 about 4 pm; it should level off in the middle 20s as the snow (or whatever) falls, and then drop to about 15 tomorrow night as the clouds break.

Both electric and gas meters are usually read on the 29th, so I figure I won't have to pay for compensating for the cold until early January.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:45 PM on 29 November 2006