What is your craziest weather story?
Talking about insane booze binges or parties is easy. Yet everybody also has that once crazy encounter with Mother Nature too. What is your most insane weather story?
It's not overly crazy, but does stick in my mind. We were staying In France, the morning was lovely, and I hung some washing out to dry before we went on a trip. It suddenly got very windy, the sky went dark. We could see a tornado-like swirl whizzing along. We were so busy watching the swirl approach, I forgot about the washing, and later had to retrieve my knickers from the neighbours' gardens.
Well, there was the time I stood at a hotel window and watched a tornado blow away the Dallas-Fort-Worth Bank of America building 8 blocks away, and was trapped in the hotel the next day.
Then there was the time I was driving on a highway in Illinois heading south from Chicago to Springfield. The radio said there were tornadoes near Lincoln. I had no idea where Lincoln was, and the rain was so hard that I couldn't see the word on the big green sign until I was a few feet away from it. It said "Lincoln." I was literally boxed in by lightning on all sides, and the twister crossed my path just behind my car.
But no, I'll have to go with the time I was struck by lightning. Well, not directly. But I was using a computer connected to a TV monitor, and lightning struck the cable TV cable, and a spark an inch and a half long (75,000 volts) jumped from the keyboard into my wrist. My heart opened and I couldn't stop laughing for 45 minutes.
Yes, before you ask - every one of these is true!
Well, I am unfortunately trapped in Ohio, so weather changes happen all the time. I guess the blizzards of 1996 and 1998 were very memorable because of the high snowfall in a two day period. However, the snowfall was higher than recorded since the idiots in this part of the country record Cincinnati's weather from the airport in Hebron Kentucky. So, the weather records for Cincinnati are never correct. The record showed 15 inches fell on January 6-7 in 1996 and 18 inches on February 4-5 in 1998. There was more snow where I live on the west side of Cincinnati. I never even saw a cop on the snow covered roads. Believe it or not, I drove a Mustang in the blizzard of 1996.because I made a promise to show up at a club where my friend's band was playing. Yes, it was crazy and risky. The car belonged to my girlfriend at the time and she did not say to stay home, probably because she got the weekend off and we planned to go see them play. I thought that the expressways would have been worked on so that people could at least get home. I was wrong and did not know how bad things were away from my street. I found out after barely getting through the snow but I was far down the road near the expressway before I learned there were no workers, plows, trucks, bulldozers or anything else out there. I could not see where the expressway lanes were or anything that separates them. Mustangs, especially those from the early 90's, are not good in bad weather and are low to the ground. I was always a good driver but this was insane. However, I somehow drove 17 miles away on abandoned roads in the blizzard. So, there were no cars and no lanes to be seen. I was moving as fast as I could through the piled snow and having to swerve back and forth sometimes to keep moving so that I would not get stuck. I could not believe I made it to the club in that disaster. I was a little afraid of getting stuck since no one had cell phones and it was a long freezing walk through tons of snow to find a house. It is strange being the only two people on the expressway. It felt like the end of the world and no one was left but me and my girlfriend. Just in case you wondered, there were not many people at all in the club. Those who made it to the club were people that lived near by and either walked there or were the few that came in a giant truck from only a mile away. To see some winter photos taken in this area of Ohio then go to http://wildcaveman.weebly.com/nature-ph … age-7.html
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