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Jul. 7th, 2004

08:12 am - *RAIN*

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Last night we had the best storm ever! I went out to eat at Paradiso while it was trickling and the storm peaked in this huge downpour just as I finished eating. So I rushed out into it. Lightning and thunder and hail and wind and TONS of rain everywhere.

A downed tree hit by lightning blocked my path at one street so I figured I was probably safe because what're the odds of two disasters in close proximity? :)

There are few things nicer than walking barefoot in REALLY wet grass. Splashing through a little mini-river of runoff water is cool too.

After it was all over, as the sun was going down, the world was bathed in a very beautiful pink light. I've never seen the world in quite that light before. Everything was this crazy color, everywhere.

Got caught up on sleep, now it's time to catch up on the world.

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From:hssst
Date:July 7th, 2004 01:30 pm (UTC)
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The rain was passing over the lake, and still fell on most of chicago as the sun shone through the clouds creating a full rainbow. I love rain and sunshine at the same time.
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From:nomadwolf
Date:July 7th, 2004 02:54 pm (UTC)
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A downed tree hit by lightning blocked my path at one street so I figured I was probably safe because what're the odds of two disasters in close proximity? :)

If A & B are independant events,
P(A|B) = P(A&B)/P(B) = P(A)P(B)/P(B) = P(A)

So, given the tree was already hit, the odds of the second disaster is the same as without the tree... :)
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From:zarfmouse
Date:July 7th, 2004 05:58 pm (UTC)
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I was well aware of this fact when I wrote that sentence. :)

Of course, how do you know A&B are truely independent? Is lightning really as likely to hit one spot as another? Perhaps it's less likely now because that tree was the highest point in the local area and now that it has fallen it is no longer the highest point so lightning will be attracted elsewhere. Perhaps that lightning strike "discharged" the local area sufficiently that it'll be a while before lightning is possible there again. Perhaps lightning only happens in a certain region of the storm and since that region has already passed over head, the wave of carnage has passed.

I don't know if any of these things are true. But I don't think it can be ASSUMED that A&B are really independent.

Nonetheless, I was going for irony rather than truth. :)
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From:nomadwolf
Date:July 8th, 2004 12:07 pm (UTC)
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I figured as much. I was bored...

On the other hand, the fallen tree can cause a disaster that isn't lightning. :P

just messin' with ya.
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From:mrscake
Date:July 7th, 2004 03:40 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I also like wet grass and puddles, but my favorite time for them is right after the storm when the water's still there but the lightning isn't. :)
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From:aethyric
Date:July 7th, 2004 03:46 pm (UTC)
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yay! this kicks so much ass.
i got stuck in downtown bloomington a few weeks back after walking to get ice cream. it was pure deluge for half an hour, and we had to meander through streets turned to rivers to get home. did you know that even if your jeans have a zillion pounds of water soaked into them that you can still dance like a fool in the puddles if you're giddy enough? :)
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From:zarfmouse
Date:July 7th, 2004 05:54 pm (UTC)
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I fell madly madly deeply in crush with a girl once who liked to play in the rain. Ever since the first time she dragged me out to go running around in a downpour I've not missed many storms. The peak of a serious thunderstorm is one of the few things I'll drop everything/anything for to just go out and run around with as few clothes and is practical or just sit in the grass and look up.
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From:culfinglin
Date:July 7th, 2004 03:51 pm (UTC)
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a downpour in july. our climates sure are different. ;)

lucky you.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:July 7th, 2004 05:52 pm (UTC)
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Yah, we get our best storms in May, June, and July. We also get them in March, April, May, August, September, and October. Then in November, December, January, and February we get the snow. We're all about the year-round precipitation.

It comes in spurts though of course. We can go for up to a month or two without any.
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From:culfinglin
Date:July 7th, 2004 05:53 pm (UTC)
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a month?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! :)

i grew up during a near decade-long drought. rain here stops work and people will run out of their offices to look at it.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:July 7th, 2004 05:59 pm (UTC)
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It is tragic that humans have choosen to put so many of themselves in that environment.
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From:arun251
Date:July 7th, 2004 04:10 pm (UTC)
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For those who are not readers of chambana, check out http://www.livejournal.com/community/chambana/643432.html.
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From:sarpo
Date:July 7th, 2004 04:32 pm (UTC)
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I'm jealous. I love it out here, but there are no thunderstorms, pretty much ever. I really miss 'em.
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From:revjack
Date:July 7th, 2004 05:41 pm (UTC)

Rain indeed

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I got caught in both the morning and the evening thunderstorms, on my way to/from work. They did not strike me as terribly beautiful, mostly because I was juggling a bike & an umbrella while trying to keep my bookbag dry. The afternoon storm was pleasantly warm, though.

And I saw the pink glow. The pink glow was surreal.
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From:szasz
Date:July 7th, 2004 06:38 pm (UTC)
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There are few things nicer than walking barefoot, period. Tending the garden without shoes actually makes me more apt to weed carefully since I feel more connected to the earth.

Unfortunately I was taking a nap during that storm. I heard all the thunder, but that was about it.
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From:boannan
Date:July 7th, 2004 06:45 pm (UTC)
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I am still waiting for a big all-out no holds barred storm to welcome us back to the area up here. We never got those in CA and I missed them. (It drizzled yesterday, which was fun in its own way, but no storm). So send those clouds our way!
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From:zarfmouse
Date:July 7th, 2004 08:55 pm (UTC)
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I have this weird impression that Chambana gets more intense storms than Chicagoland. But that may be simply because I appreciate them more now than I did when I was living at home.
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From:boannan
Date:July 7th, 2004 09:05 pm (UTC)
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I think it's also because you've got more wide-open space in Chambana to appreciate them in all their glory. Also maybe some stuff about cool air masses over the city that I actually know nothing about. :)
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From:dsjones
Date:July 7th, 2004 07:19 pm (UTC)
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AH! I Missed it! Save some up for the end of July PLEASE!
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From:stuffedsheep29
Date:July 7th, 2004 09:02 pm (UTC)
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I walked around barefoot in the second wave of the storm. It was lovely.
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