Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Remember to breathe
The busier I get, the more I look at clouds. Especially while I'm driving. If I ever die in a nasty car accident, odds on that it was caused by my attention being caught by an especially stunning cloud/sunset/weather front. Mind you (touches wood nervously) I've never had an accident after over 20 years of driving, so maybe it just keeps me sane.
This was a weird evening. We were having a picnic with friends by Lake Ginninderra and suddenly the sky turned yellow with these odd patterns in the clouds. We were all yellow-tinged, and looked like the Simpsons. Then it just went away, no storm, nothing.
Unlike tonight -- thunder is booming outside my window and the lights just flickered, which is the universe's way of saying: GET OFF THE FRIGGING COMPUTER, WOMAN, AND HAVE AN EARLY NIGHT. Yes, ma'am.
Postscript: Hil has one of these photos as well, with all the right terminology... mammatus clouds. I used to know lots of cloud types when I was at school, but they fell out of my head over the years. I think I'll have to do some revision.
And last night's crashingly exciting storm wreaked havok on the inner north of Canberra. BB reports that parts of Civic still have thick layers of hail at 7.30am, even though it fell at midnight. ANU students and staff had been advised not to go in as over 60 buildings are damaged... and all I can think is that I left a couple of windows open in the Book Studio. I'll ride my bike in (the paths are pretty clear, according to BB) and check it out, which will be much easier than driving into Civic, I imagine. How excitement.