Thursday, December 11, 2008

Even the storms are more dramatic here.

Last night was bananas.

I have NEVER heard thunder like that. Once in a blue moon we would get thunder in L.A. but only for a half hour or so. Not very loud and not all freaking night long. I can't remember any east coast thunderstorms.

The lightening was blindingly bright and seemed so close I swore our building was going to get hit.

My power went out for a while. Even with my ear plugs in, the thunder was so loud I thought it was the "end of days" or something.

As a kid thunder didn't scare me probably because I never tried to sleep through a storm like last night's.

I wish I had a boyfriend. I would have asked him come over.

Rome has a higher annual rainfall total than London. How is this possible when London have many, many more rainy days than Rome? Because when it rains here, it POURS. I'm talking sheets of rains, which floods some of the older streets in the Center.

At least here all we have is rain and thunder. Up north they are getting clobbered with snow. Some snow is fun but when you can't get out of your house, not so much.

22 comments:

Diana said...

I am housebound. Again. For the second time in two weeks. Those types of thunderstorms like you have -- we get them in the spring and late summer up here.

Yes, that's a funny thought. Even weather is more dramatic. It's so fitting.

Petulia said...

I just got off the phone with my dad and he said exactly the same thing. He woke up at 2AM last night because of the thunders! Wow..I really hope it gets sunny again by the time I am back in town:-)

michelle of bleeding espresso said...

So true. I don't remember being frightened by thunder and wind before, but here? Yeah, it's a little (or a lot!) scary!

Beatriz Macias said...

Thunder, snow? DRAMATIC is the right word... Yesterday school was closed, and we were housebound because of the snow... it was nice though, as I got my little one to spend some time with me, we baked some. Keep out of the rain caribbean ragazza.

milanese masala said...

As you know, it took me 4 HOURS to get to work yesterday! Yeah, it snowed but there wasn't that much snow to justify the craziness that was the Tangenziale of Milan yesterday. It was so ridiculous that I had to laugh.
Anyway, you stay indoors and keep dry, ok?

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

diana - poverina! I cannot believe how much snow you are receiving. I saw your pictures from the other storm. wow.

petulia - it was crazy. the whole street lost power.

michelle - exactly. I like some stormy weather but this is too much. ha

beatriz - when I was a kid I loved snow days. I don't think my parents were such fans though. :)

milanese - When I read that I was shocked. 4 hours? I could drive to Postiano in 4 hours. Well not really, the Amalfi coast makes me nervous. I have to go to a dinner party tonight. I hope it stay dry. The rain has tapered off but the forecast is predicting heavy rain later. sigh.

Jessica said...

It was pretty crazy, no? My side of town was a bit quieter with the thunder, but still very intense. Honestly I was shocked by the rain when I first moved here. I found it much worse than London (there it was the grey sky that got me). True that when it rains here, it rains all day and in sheets.

joanne @ frutto della passione said...

I love dramatic weather, when I'm safe and cozy in my home of course! More snow due on Sunday!!!!! I know milanese masala won't be happy but I let her sleep at my house ;)

Moi said...

Did you hear it's snowing in New Orleans?

Paolo said...

you have to get used of it, you lived in a desert climate, welcome to the 4 seasons, no i would say there is no 4 seasons anymore. There is cold or hot. bloody global warming!! we were so lucky here in the south, rain but not storms, until now:-)

girasoli said...

I was in Rome once during a downpour. Flooding and pouring rain. Not fun when you are walking around being a tourist. I hope your day is sunnier tomorrow!!

We are also having crazy weather here in Hawaii. Torrential rain, high winds, flooding, and power outages. I was without power for 9 hours today. No thunder though.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

jessica - how about the days when it pours for 10 minutes then the sun comes out? I travel with an umbrella at all times except during the month of August.

joanne - ha. enjoy the snow.

moi - no. really?

paolo - I do like living in a place with seasons because it's what I'm used to from growing up on the east coast. That said this is my first winter outside of Los Angeles in ten years. Next winter I will be better prepared. ha

girasoli - it's raining today and will be raining for the next few days. sigh. I hope the weather improves in Hawaii.

girasoli said...

It's still raining here also! We even had thunder and lightening yesterday (a rare occurance). Every time I check the update on the local news website, the flood warning extends to later in the day. My Rome weather widget shows more rain in Rome...rain rain go away!!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

girasoli - the sun finally came out yesterday. It's going to rain for the next few days though. sigh.

Tracie B. said...

it actually snowed here tuesday night, now it's back in the 70s.

looks like roma needs a good cleaning every now and then!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

tracie b - snow in austin? wow.

wordtryst said...

We get some pretty violent thunderstorms here in the Caribbean, but the worst I ever experienced was in South Florida. Honestly, genuinely terrifying. As for the lightning! They don't call Florida the lightning capital of the world for nothing.

Those ice and snow storms in the US don't augur well for a winter that hasn't even begun officially yet.

glamah16 said...

I really hate thunder storms too. And in a old city,I would freak out.

odessa said...

"I wish I had a boyfriend. I would have asked him come over" - I feel the exact same way tonight. Its pouring hard here. And super cold.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

wordtyrst - my parents lucked out with the last big hurricane. My dad said it was frightening. They stay up all night and listened to the wind. They lost some fruit trees but other than that were okay. Yes my friends on the east coast and Chicago are not looking forward to this upcoming winter.

glamah16 - you said it.

odessa - I understand completely. sigh.

scatteredmoments said...

I hear you my first week in Italy we had what I would call a major storm. It sounded like the end of days to me too. The power went out too and I was sitting in my living room praying for it to come back on. I grew up in the midwest where there are tornadoes and I have never been that scared before or hear thunder that loud.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

scatteredmoments - I know what you mean. Some of my friends in the States thought I was being melodramatic but thunderstorms here are unlike any I've seen.