At 9am in Southern Wisconsin it’s already in the low 50’s outside and they are reporting that we might even hit 70 degrees today. In a very rare statement, I am ready for warmer temperatures and welcome it early.
I was in
beautiful miserable, rainy dowtown Chicago today, and the weather was anything but pleasant. It wasn’t raining this morning when I got on the train so I never thought about bringing an umbrella. When I arrived downtown it was a different story. I thought ‘Oh Well, so I get a little wet walking to my client’. It’s really not a far walk, but within a few blocks I was fairly drenched. I walked past a little newstand so I popped in to see if they had umbrellas. I was in luck, not only did they have them but they wern’t nearly as expensive as I thought they would be. I handed the nice cashier some money and started heading for the door. I try to open the umbrella after I get outside and the frigg’n button doesn’t do anything, It’s Broke! With a little persusian I broke the button, but was at least able to open the umbrella manually. I made it to the client with only being mildy drenched, but that’s not really the point of this post.
Later in the day, I had some downtime so I decided to walk somewhere to get some lunch. So here I am walking up Lasalle St with my umbrella, staying dry, when a f’ing cab going by was hugging the the curb and (I’m sure purposely) hit a pothole filled with water. And just like the movies, I got hit in the side by a wave of water. I was soaked on my right side from the armpit on down. I just couldn’t believe that happened. Fortunately it was well after the normal lunch time so I was able to easily get in somewhere and hang out long enough for my clothes to dry out a bit. On my walk back, I made sure to stay as far away from the curb as possible.
We just had an excellent thunderstorm roll through. We got a lot of rain in a short amount of time, however not nearly enough with the drought conditions we’ve been going through. But we’ll take whatever we can get right now. We really need a few days of rain to turn things around.
I saw the high today at 93 and it’s suppose to be hotter tomorrow. Yuck-ola!
I spent many hours last year trying to photograph lightning with no success. Tonight while shooting some awesome storm clouds rolling over, one of my shots had a little bit of lightning in the upper right corner of the picture. I didn’t even know it until I got home and looked the shots over. I’ve always been fascinated with photographs of lightning and have seen some awesome shots featured at the photography sites I hang out at. It’s something I would definitely want to have a lot of in my portfolio.
Also got some shots of a rainbow. The picture doesn’t do it justice. This is one of the brightest rainbows I have ever seen.
If you want to see a few more weather shots from tonight look here.