Friday, July 12, 2013
The weather people have lots of curious terms and one is a "pop up" storm. Our summer has arrived and we are now enjoying sunny days in the eighties and just enough rain to eliminate the need to water the plants. The lake water is now a comfortable 78 degrees and I'm back to exercising in it whenever we pontoon over to the state owned land. I wear my trusty speedo water running belt and it keeps me up while I pedal like a cyclist in the cool clear water. I love it and usually go for about a half hour, merrily splashing with the loons and herons and the occasional eagle. Bing prefers to use the time on the water to cast a line or two and often pulls in some walleyes or perch. Well, the other day, we headed for the swimming hole and it was sunny and warm. (I should emphasize that Bing is a veteran weather watcher and studies the patterns and radar maps and whatever else the TV and internet offers.) When we arrived, it started to drizzle, not expected but we figured we could handle it and decided to proceed with our cycling and fishing. It was so refreshing to be in the water and watch the pretty little raindrops splash on the lake surface. We both thought that this was a short little cloud passing over and we'd soon be high and dry again. Then the rain intensity increased gradually to a pour. The wind began to blow and the rain splashed harder. I looked to see where Bing was, and a white haze and pouring rain blew the placid lake into a sea of whitecaps. Soon the raindrops were large and cold and I kept praying that it wouldn't turn to hail - the veggies in the garden were finally shooting up but their tender shoots couldn't take hard hail. Bing managed to drive the boat back to my area and it was good to see him. We waited out the storm, me in the water and Bing soaking wet on the boat. He estimated the winds were 25 to 35 mph. .....So, that's a pop up storm. Very interesting!