Heavy Rainfall Took Me Completely by Surprise
It happens more and more frequently : although I live in an area where the climate is supposed to be temperate and extreme weather phenomena shouldn’t be frequent, the reality of the last few years proves the opposite: even in such areas nature can get mad in a few seconds and offer us some unpleasant surprises.
A few months ago, on a relatively calm Saturday evening, I was minding my small online affairs when I looked out of the window and I realized that it was soon going to rain. Therefore I decided to abandon my online activities for a quarter of an hour and get out for some small shopping. Just as I left my block of flats the storm began with a completely unexpected intensity for me. The rain was so dense and heavy that the fact that I had an umbrella with me was almost of no use. Therefore I crossed the street running and I took shelter in the staircase of the building nearby along with other people who were taken by surprise by the sudden and unexpected rage coming from the sky.
I spent the next half an hour looking at the heavy rain and wandering what it would have been like to be caught by such an angry storm somewhere in an open field, with no possibility of finding shelter immediately. Eventually the storm started to diminish in intensity and I was able to get out and do my shopping.
Anyway, once again I realized that temperate is an obsolete word when describing the climate in my country. I wouldn’t be surprised if even more extreme events, such as tornadoes, took place in an area where they aren’t supposed to happen. As man’s reckless actions continue to destroy the environment and global warming reaches alarming level, such extreme weather displays should no longer surprise us, regardless of where they occur.
Image Credit » My own photo, taken when the rainfall was at its worst