Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Blue-Sky Day

This past week has been particularly nasty weather-wise here in Minnesota. The temperature was in the 90's coupled with high humidity daily. It could best be described as a sticky, hot mess.

On Tuesday and Thursday, each day ended punctuated by strong thunderstorms creating some equally nasty urban flooding. I had the misfortune of driving home at the height of Tuesday's storm from south Minneapolis. I had wanted to get on I-94, but missed the exit because I could not see it through the downpour. I was then forced to go through downtown Minneapolis, which was probably the safer thing to to anyway. I could drive at a slower rate of speed and at times I was barely creeping along. I could see the beginning of some street-flooding as water collected by the curb. People were huddled in doorways and under bus shelters looking up. The lightning and thunder was at times simultaneous, directly overhead.

I could have gotten on I-394 at that point, but decided to continue on the backstreets and lesser traveled highways. I chose to drive Hwy 55 and drove past the Minnesota Twin's stadium, Target Field, to pick it up. The stadium was dark, but illuminated by the still frequent lightning. Good thing the Twins were on the road.

I had pretty much avoided any totally flooded streets up to that point, but I hit a really big puddle on Hwy 55. There was no way to avoid something you can't even see. I just prayed I wouldn't stall out in the middle. I didn't and made it home safely.

During Thursday's storm I was at work. I could see the storms approach on radar. I work in a group home and am responsible for the safety of the residents. It is part of my job to monitor the weather in case it turns severe. So I had the Weather Channel up on cable and several radars up on my computer. But, it was mainly just heavy rain, loud thunder and again frequent lightning. So there was no need to move anyone to the designated safety area. However, one of my ladies is scared of storms. She kept waking up and coming upstairs. It was a stressful night for both of us as the storms kept reforming in what is known as "training." It finally began to clear between 4 and 5am. Unfortunately, I start waking people up for work at 5:30am.

So this weekend I was looking forward to some nice weather. I had worked Friday night so I slept through most of Saturday. When I woke up today, the weather was beautiful. The sky was blue with white puffy clouds replacing the storm clouds from earlier in the week. The temperature was a comfortable 69 degrees and I was determined to enjoy the day.

I met my oldest brother Paul for breakfast and afterward drove to the Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley, MN. It was a glorious day for a walk. The air was still fresh from last night's rain. I watched as the tree branches were tossed back and forth by the wind. As I sat on a bench it occurred to me that it was like they were breathing, in and out. I wish I could describe it better, but I cannot. Instead, I would like to share with you the pictures I took today.

I also tried an experiment and did a video of what I was seeing. I wanted to share what I was hearing as well as seeing. I wasn't entirely happy with all of the video I shot. But, considering this is my first attempt, I shouldn't be so hard on myself. The best video I shot is below.

All in all, I would have to say that it was a good day. I hope you enjoy the pictures. It was the best I could do to share my blue-sky day with all of you.


Anonymous j said...

WOW! That was wonderful. The pictures are gorgeous and the video made me feel like I was there. Thank you for sharing!

August 15, 2010 at 7:13 PM  
Anonymous Becky said...

Awww -- Mary, that was worth the wait! Thank you for sharing --it's been so hot and muggy and stormy last night here.
Thanks for this Mary!

August 15, 2010 at 7:22 PM  
Blogger azsky13 said...

Hey J, while I was walking I thought about the comment I wrote on your blog yesterday. Everyone needed a blue sky day today as it was an exceedingly crappy week for many of us. I am glad I thought to shoot video so you could see and hear it. Now if I could just figure out a way to capture the smell...

Becky, I wish I could send you a cool breeze. With the contrast in temps from 90's to 70's, it was almost chilly today. But after the heat last week, I didn't mind.

Thank you both for stopping by.


August 15, 2010 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger pooziemn said...

beautiful photos!

other Mary

August 16, 2010 at 11:47 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Great post Mary! I'm late to this one - I don't know why but I'm glad I came here today. My day started great but went quickly down hill to frustration and anger regarding some work stuff. Anyway - reading your post & watching your video (sadly on my crappy phone) I felt myself relaxing and breathing deeply and slowly with the trees. Huge for me right now. Just what I needed. Thanks! xo

August 17, 2010 at 1:24 PM  

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