The jungles of Panama couldn't have been any steamier, than it was here today. It was cool and dry in the house when I got up this morning, but I knew it was very humid outdoors, because all of my windows were fogged up on the outside.
The trash was piling up, so I had to make a trip to the dump after lunch. Stepping out the door, was like walking into a steam bath! I looked at the weather data on the computer and realized why. It was 86 °F/30 °C, and the humidity was 74%. In the few minutes it took to load the trash into the back of the truck, I was ringing wet. Thankfully my Dakota has an excellent air conditioner.
With the temperature eventually rising into the 90's, and with all of that humidity, I knew there would be late afternoon thundershowers. Looking at the Doppler radar map at about 6:00 PM, I expected to see thunderstorms brewing over the Blue Ridge, but there were none. However there was a large formation of storms west of the Shenandoah Valley, over the Alleghenies in West Virginia. By 8:30 PM, they had crossed the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge, and were blowing through Charlottesville, 29 miles west of here. Fifteen minutes later, I began to hear thunder, and then drops of rain hitting the skylights. A few minutes later all hell broke loose, as lightning bolts began to strike all around. It was too dark outside to see anything, so I will have to wait until tomorrow to survey the property for any broken limbs or toppled trees. The thunderstorms have been particularly destructive this summer, because of the extreme heat.
I've noticed several posts from several blogs show up on my reading list in the last few days, but when you click on them, there is no post. Later a post under the same title shows up, and when you click on that one, the post is there. The same thing happened to this post. It accidentally posted, while I was still typing it, so I had to delete it, and redo it. I don't know how it got posted,
because I never clicked on the "publish" button. It just happened while I was typing. I wonder if Blogger has some kind of a bug?