August 03, 2006

Summer Storm

After two days of unbearable heat and humidity, two days of lying on the floor, two days of drinking juice and eating nothing, two days of going nowhere because I couldn't bear to get into a car that was so hot it hurt to touch the metal handles, I could feel the headache beginning: my vision getting blurry and throbbing inside my skull and my eyes unable to handle even the gentlest light. But when the air is so thick that walking feels like swimming and the heat so intense that it's hard to breathe, I almost welcome a migraine because I know what it means. A low pressure system moving towards us. A thunderstorm.

A change in weather.

This morning, the wind is blowing through the branches of the trees outside my window, sending a flurry of raindrops to the ground, and cool air is moving through the house. The pressure in my head has subsided. The windowsills are wet, and mosquitoes have wiggled their way through the many holes in our battered screens, and the air in the house tastes sweet again.

24 comments:

Chip said...

that's great news! It's cooler here too, and cloudy (though no rain). The guys doing work on the house across the street had actually refused to work yesterday, it was so hot, but they're there today, a good sign. I'm definitely ready...

Linda (FM) said...

That sounds fantastic. Wishing we could have a little of that rain down here.

Ianqui said...

Really? You've got rain already? I can't wait until it makes it down to the city.

liz said...

Hooray for rain!

Boo on migraines, though. Glad you're feeling better.

Flavia said...

Amen. The storm we got here was very windy, though, which meant that I had to close all my windows just as the breezes were cooling down! I hate that.

(But at least it wasn't preceeded by a migraine.)

Shelly said...

You know, it really seems from the blog postings as the summer has raged on that people in the north are suffering more acutely from the heat. I live in the south where a/c is a necessity (and usually by April or May due to the heat and the pollen) and I really feel for the people who are experiencing the heat w/o it due to the regular climate not requiring it, etc. I think we'll all be happy to welcome autumn.

Leslee said...

Enjoy the rain! I haven't seen any in weeks now...

listmaker said...

We had a fantastic storm around midnight - thunder, lightning and fierce wind. It was great. I opened the shades so I could lie in bed and watch the light show before falling asleep to the sound of the rain and the promise of cooler weather today.

jo(e) said...

Shelly: That's just it. We don't have air conditioning or swimming pools everywhere or any way to cope. We've got snow shovels, and snow plows, and winter jackets, and ski resorts. Several feet of snow, we can handle. Hot humid weather that goes up over 100 degress -- and this place is in a state of emergency.

As bad as the migraine was, I could deal with it. But for elderly people living in upstairs apartments in the city -- well, I know some of them had to be really suffering.

Teri said...

We had your low pressure front(or one very much like it, but I suspect it was the same front) pass us yesterday evening, and what a relief it was, after days and days of sweltering heat.

KLee said...

I'm glad that the rain is finally bringing you some relief. I'm also sorry that you had to deal with a migraine in the heat. Yeah, I know it presaged the weather change, but they're never fun to have, and especially if you're sweltering.

Hope you got some rest in a more comfortable place than the floor! :)

Beth said...

Sorry that you had to suffer the migraine storm ... but isn't a summer thunderstorm one of God's great gifts? I love nothing more than having the window open, listening to the BOOM, countind for the streak of lightning ...

pPB said...

hope your head is feeling better.

Marie said...

We got the storminess too, sort of. And it's cooled off, some. But I'm quite thankful that no migraine came to warn me. Much sympathy from this quarter, jo(e), even though you seem to bear yours much better than I do.

ccw said...

So glad you are getting some relief. It's still roasting here, but supposed to cool down tomorrow.

Piece of Work said...

Oh, I envy you your summer storm! We don't get rain in the summer here, so even when it cools down, the way it has the last few days, it's just hazy overcast slightly foggy skies that do it. No sudden thunderstorms with winds and pounding downpours. No warm rain, at all! Boo. I miss playing in the warm rain of a summer storm.

Yankee T said...

I know you need the break in the heat (join the club) and I LOVE a summer storm!

Queen of West Procrastination said...

You just described precisely what my husband misses about living in the mid-west. He'd be so jealous of you. Living on this Island of No Weather, you get neither the oppressive heat, nor the exciting storms that break the heat. We didn't even get lightening during our actual heatwave this summer.

kabbage said...

Count me in as another former east coast/midwest person who does miss thunderstorms, although my one dog is terrified of them.

I remember my interview trip out here way back when. They did have a T-storm the night before the interview. The personnel person asked me if I had been scared being in a hotel by myself with a thunderstorm. I looked very carefully at her, and she wasn't joking. I tried to explain that where I come from, you open the garage door and set up the lawn chairs in the garage to watch the show. My first cultural gap moving to a new region!

Liesl said...

I'm glad your head is better and the house is cooler. I hope that front makes it down here soon, as it was scorching here for the third (fourth?) day in a row...

andrea from the fishbowl said...

... and the sleep! The sweet sleep that returns after the sickening humidity has stolen it all away.

What a relief.

Sometimes I wonder why I live in Ottawa. I get smacked by both extremes.

henna said...

We never got the storm, but the weather is slowly breaking.

I am so sorry you got one of your migraines though jo(e), talk about insult to injury. I'm glad your weather is better now...

Captainwow said...

what a painful barometer!!!
hope your head feels better!

Mrs. Coulter said...

I always loved thunderstorms when I was a kid, precisely because they brought a change in the weather. My dad and I would sit on the glider on the front porch and watch the storms rolls across the Lake, counting the interval between the flash and the boom (my dad, the scientist!). I still count between the flash and the boom, but I don't enjoy thunderstorms anymore. Where I live now, they bring, as often as not, it seems sometimes, power outages and flooding. And they don't bring a change in the weather very often, either. Instead, it is cool while it rains, but as soon as the rain ends, the heat returns and the wetness evaporates, making the air just as humid as it was before the storms.