Northern Virginia WeatherSomething my wife & I have both noticed about this area is the lightning and thunder. Now, we had some pretty heavy thunderstorms back in Texas and Louisiana but nothing to match these. I think we've yet to see a "mild" thundershower. When we get them they are full force. The volume and intensity is like nothing I've seen, at least not on such a consistent basis. It doesn't bother me too much since I've never really been very afraid of nature's light shows (wind and flooding is a little more disconcerting) but it tends to wake the kids up when it happens at 4 AM.
Which brings me to the one drawback I've found to using the DC area's mass transit system. Since my bus stop is about 1/2 mile from my front door I got pretty well drenched walking this morning. The good thing was I had my Gortex jacket and pants which kept the rain off. The bad thing it was warm enough that I started to create my own rain inside the suit. Worse was when I found out that my gym bag is not water resistant so I got to work out in shorts and shirt with a few wet spots.
But, if the occasional drenching at the hands of Mother Nature is the biggest complaint I've got about Virginia then life is still pretty darn good.
¶ Monday, August 07, 2006