Living here in Huntsvegas has given me a new prospective on the weather. In other towns that I have lived in (Atlanta, Ashville, Athens – the implications) there was not nearly the amount of thunderstorms that I see here. Over in Atlanta and Athens I did see the occasional thunderstorm, but I believe the biggest difference comes from the prospective. Here I can see the storm’s rapid approach and menacing darkness. My former homes had plenty of trees and other such shrubbery that obscured my view of the horizon.
I have many moments in my life that I remember being in storms, I know that it sounds just a little silly, but bear with me. Now I am not just thinking thunderstorms, I am talking about all manner of weather. I have proof that on both the night of my birth and my first birthday there was a huge ice storm that practically stopped the town of Portland, OR in which I was born. I like the thought that I came into this world with the silent fall of snow marking the occasion. Then there were the storms I remember growing up in Atlanta, with the heavy smell of rain in the air and the pavement steaming after a summer’s downpour. I also remember now my sixteenth birthday, spent in Atlanta when a snow and ice storm hit there. Yes, I know that it is nothing compared to what happens up north, but it did end up shutting down the metro area for quite some time. My sister incidentally had a hurricane hit on her sixteenth birthday. Ahhhhh, the stormy six-teens grin.
I also think about my love of the sound of thunder, with the impact ringing off my eardrums. I have a tape of thunderstorms that I used to play in high school and in college that was mix of about six different thunderstorms all recorded in different parts of the country. I cannot sleep better then when I have the sound of rain about me. Maybe the reason I like bass in my music so much harks to the sound of thunder, I want to feel that impact, a truly moving music. Nothing pleases me more then sitting inside, collecting my thoughts, and watching the rain drip down the window.