My office is on the 8th floor with two large windows so I usually get a good overview of the weather conditions at any time of the day. Yesterday before lunchtime a storm picked up so quickly though that by the time I noticed it, the rain and hail was bucketing down with such a force that I thought it was going to break the windows. An hour later it had calmed down considerably so I grabbed my bag full of Christmas presents and ran to the post office. It was raining slightly but I didn’t dare to open my umbrella in fears that I would do a Mary Poppins. Walking was very tricky and I thought how it would really suck to cycle in these conditions…
When I head home later that evening, all the newspaper headlines were about a lunchtime tornado that had ripped through North London. I didn’t know there were tornados in the UK at all, but apparently although they are much smaller than for example in the States, there are more of them per square mile here than in the US. Hard to believe, isn’t it?
And funnily enough, since weather conditions were similar in some other parts of the counrty yesterday, it was also mentioned in one of the papers that a poor cyclist was hit by a flying garden shed. He was not seriously hurt and must have had one heck of a story to tell on his blog.
P.S. Pam – and you say that New Zealand is windy?! :)