Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Hot + Humid = GROSS

Yep, summer has officially arrived in Maryland. It's hot. It's humid. And there are thunderstorms. In the morning and in the afternoon.

Even if I couldn't go outside first-thing yesterday morning, I had to go out. I had to walk. After the storms had passed, I was ready. I left the house at 10:15 (early lunch!). It was 71 degrees (not too bad) with 84% humidity (bad).

It was gross.

Humidity measures the moisture in the air. Just how bad is 84% humidity? Late yesterday afternoon, while it was raining, the humidity level was 74%. That's ten whole points lower than when it was not raining.

I was hot. But I did it. It's a good thing, too, because we got hit by some wicked storms yesterday afternoon. Check out these pics...

As the storm was rolling in, I snapped this shot from inside of the house.

Then Hubby said, "The sky looks really cool over there." I had to step outside to see (and document) just how awesome the sky looked. Notice the airplane in the pic? You have to look closely. At first glance, I thought it was dirt on my lens. It is towards the top of the frame, just left of the center line. If you click on the image itself, a larger view should pop up. I left the image large intentionally so you could get a closer look.

Here's what the sky looked like to my right.

And here's how it looked on the left. The storm was moving fairly quickly.

It had been thundering for a few minutes at this point, and I could see a few distant flashes of lightning. Then I saw a wicked lightning bolt straight ahead of me, but off in the distance. THEN there was a bolt of lightning that was much closer.

There was enough electricity in the air to change my camera settings!

That's when I went inside.


  1. that was insane, wasn't it? we drove through massive hail, had to turn around a downed tree, and then drove past burning power pole!

  2. I didn't know it was possible for camera settings to be changed like that - crazy!

  3. You know the fleet of Eric's old toy, battery operated emergency vehicles (ambulance, fire truck, etc.) we have for the grand kids? Lightning makes their sirens go off, which is REALLY weird. So I was not at all surprised to have the camera flip-flop on me.


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