Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Holy Monsoon Batman!

Yesterday was a fun one, and ended in a bang! Clinton had band camp in the morning, then when straight from there to see the new Batman flick with some friends. James also headed over to the new Batman with Konnie and her boys, over at the IMAX. All reports are that, "it's the best movie ever", but that I shouldn't let The Bear watch it...which I wouldn't have anyway. James and The Bear spent most of the afternoon at Konnie's playing Wii.

Since the boys had been there all day, after dinner, Dave and I offered to take them all to the park. The older boys rode their bikes over and we drove the little ones in the car. We got there at about 7:15. There were some VERY ominous clouds overhead and a few sprinkles...it was making for a cooler evening than we usually get with tolerable temps. We'd been there for about 15 minutes when, within less than a minute, it went from sprinkles to an absolute howling downpour! We couldn't take shelter in the car...there just wasn't room enough for 2 adults, 3 teenage boys and 2 seven year olds! So, we ran for the pavilion. We huddled at the south end, but were still getting drenched, as it was raining/hailing sideways! We had our backs to it and it felt like someone was pelting us with gravel. It was exciting and scary all in one! After the hail stopped, the boys had a FAB time running around in the mess! I thought it was really fun...Dave was not as entertained!



(photo's courtesy azfamily.com)

When the rain slowed down a little, we made our way home. We saw many downed trees and limbs, knocked over recycling bins and other things blowing around. The sound of sirens were everywhere! When we got home, the streets were FULL of water! The boys ran around in the little neighborhood park that always fills with water during monsoon and "surfed", pulling each other around on boogie boards. (Gross...I know! Everyone got long showers and scrub downs after! I hope we don't catch some disease!)

On the 10:00 news, we learned that the park we were at was smack in the middle of a really bad microburst! A few blocks from where we were, many of the utilities poles were knocked over, one hitting an SUV driving down the street. In one neighborhood nearby, most of the palm trees had been snapped in two. If you'd like to read about it, here's a link! (Reports say we got almost 2 inches of rain in less than 1/2 hour!)

Here's a few "after" pictures! We took some during the storm on James' phone, I'll post them too if we can get to them.


10 comments:

SalGal said...

Holy crikey! That is AWESOME!!! Is that really what it looked like?!?!

AZMom said...

And we did not get a DROP!!! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Nikki said...

Oh my! We did not get anything not even Wind

Dave said...

Check out the Bear's shirt! HAWR HAWR HAWR

How fitting is that?

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

Your pictures were great. Even though you got soaked it looked like a fun memory. We had a storm tonight also. The wind was strong, but I don't think we got any hail. We need the rain. Our lakes are so low and we need rain all around here. Take care.

Strider said...

probably better to be where you were than in between Phoenix and Cave Creek with the flash floods! Glad you made it back safe!!! and....Grease Lives on!Great songs on the blog.

Nikki said...

Hello, I wanted to let you know I stold the Cuppycake song

Darce said...

Dang! I'm sad we missed that! Those are the best--so exciting! Do you remember the one last year? It was pretty awesome, too!

Jaime said...

Ha ha! How fun. Cute pics

LL said...

Wow, that was one torrential downpour. We've had a few of those this summer too...