For the past two nights, I laid awake in bed, TV on, dogs hiding under the blanket, waiting for the rain to stop.
It was actually the thunder that kept me up. The noise — and some claps were loud enough to set off car alarms — startled me and I couldn’t drift off to sleep.
Between 2 and 4 a.m. I must’ve finally dozed off, only to wake up to the blaring alarm I forgot — two days in a row — to reset.
Sigh. Another day of umbrellas, wet slippers and frizzy hair.
This storm has been particularly potent, especially to folks living on the windward and southeastern sides of Oahu. We had thunder and lightning, floods, waterspouts offshore, even hail. (I could hear what sounded like rocks hitting the back lanai. Turned out to be little balls of ice.) A flash flood warning is in place through tomorrow morning.
Golf courses were closed, Hanauma Bay turned away visitors, homes were flooded, even Rainbow’s didn’t have much of a line by the mid-afternoon. It was insane.
I had to run from my car to Kahala Mall in rain that literally pelted me. I was soaked to the skin in six seconds.
And everyone I ran into yesterday — a former coworker, my friend’s wife, my neighbor, my podiatrist — all had a story to tell about the storm.
Seattle? H1 town bound? Hard to tell the difference in this photo!
I sort of enjoy the rain and thunder. I like to hear the rain coming down at night and I try to figure out how near or far the thunder is from my house by counting the seconds after I see the flash. My cat was no where to be found in the house and my dog wanted to come inside the house.
I never got wet from all the rain but in my job when it rains I get more busy that’s the only thing I don’t like about rain storms.
I could have sworn you were writing about Hilo! It’s actually been drying out on the Big Island relative to the past few WEEKS. Our consolation prize for big storms like the one over Kauai & Oahu is when it stops & clears, we get a great view of snow covered Mauna Kea. Not bad, eh?
Hey Cat … no rain story … well, I just missed the rain on Sunday … and thank God!!! …
… me and a friend did the Koko Head Trail hike at around 3 in the afternoon … it was overcast but we decided to “chance it” … it was nice and clear going up … but coming down we noticed a light sprinkle … so we hurried down (as much as we could) … and no problem … still just a light drizzle …
… we had an early dinner at Assagio’s down the block … when we got out, we saw that the rain had come … and we looked up at the trail and I could see people still up there … damn!!! … I can’t imagine what it’s like up there when it’s raining …
… I wouldn’t want to be there in the rain …
Hey Cat. Not much of a story, a bit childish even…..but I ended up terrorizing the roads on the Windward side with my truck and blasted through the biggest lake puddles I could find everywhere! =)
I love the rain at home. the rain up in the bay area is cold and feels heavier (either because it’s so cold or because it’s laden with heavy metals from the industry, but that’s another rant). anyway, if it rains up here, you’re looking at high 40s/low 50’s max in the winter or low 60’s in the summer (veeeerrrrry rare to rain between april and november). and cold. did I mention how cold the rain is? it soaks you and chills you down to the bone.
the rain at home, though, is warm and soft. pleasant to walk through. it cools the air without making it cold and pulls the humidity from the atmosphere. rain at home is oh, so very nice.
except for the storms like you guys have had the past couple of days. those suck no matter where you are (but at least you’re still in slippers).
hope everyone came out of it ok.
Just Like Seattle! 🙂
Extremely low atmospheric pressure, days on end. The worst for my sinus headaches, which I’ve had my whole life.