Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Nice Weather We're Having

Summer is here, in all its unofficial, blazing glory. After months of stagnation, veggies are growing measurable amounts every day. The lawn has to be mowed twice a week to keep it under control. The spinach threatens to bolt, radishes grow woody, and grasshoppers are starting to, well, hop. As are the weensy toads that venture forth at twilight.

The sudden heat melted the snow too quickly in the high country, and the runoff fills the rivers to overflowing. Flood warnings combine with tornado warnings and threats of hail on the television, the radio, and my I-Phone weather app every day.

So yesterday I rode my bike down to the Cache la Poudre River to take some pictures.

Portions of the bike trail disappear into the river.

This fast and furious water was right up next to the path.

This bridge winds over the river. It's high enough to stay open. Exciting travel today.

Bad weather thrills me. Of course I don't want anyone to get hurt or suffer property damage, and that's almost always part of the equation. Lightening killed two men at the local university last year. They were practicing martial arts when a thunderstorm kicked up. Already two people have drowned in the swollen rivers -- not to mention the huge number of people and places worldwide who are devastated by storms, tornadoes, earthquakes and hurricanes on a disturbingly regular basis.

So I don't wish for it, but the atmosphere can dish out some crazy stuff. Stuff you have to respect.

Despite all the things we humans control, alter and manage, we haven't yet figured out how to turn the path of a tornado or stop lightening. Even seeding the clouds to make it snow more on the ski slopes is iffy. Mother Nature still makes the final decisions.

The majority of Something Borrowed, Something Bleu takes place in Colorado. Sophie Mae travels to her home town of Spring Creek when her brother's eighteen-year-old suicide note arrives in her parents' mailbox. She's there in late August, which is a bit late for tornadoes in Colorado, but they're not unheard of. Anytime the temperatures rocket up and down you have the right conditions for thunder, lightening, hail, and tornadoes.

Sophie Mae lives in the little town of Cadyville, Washington, but I couldn't force a tornado on her there. An earthquake, maybe. Flooding, definitely. But she has to come to Colorado in the fourth Home Crafting Mystery, and that means dealing with her parents, old secrets ... and crazy weather.


  1. In case I haven't told you lately...I can't wait to read the new book! I miss Sophie Mae!!

  2. Crazy weather does add to the plot sometimes. It can be used to help the protagonist or hinder them. Hope your weather stays calm.

    Thoughts in Progress

  3. We've had crazy weather here in Salt Lake as well. In fact, Little Cottonwood Creek threatened to flood an assisted living center. I blogged about it Monday. There's no holding back Mother Nature. :)

  4. Our cazy weather hasn't started yet- in India, rivers swell when the monsoons hit, not when the snow melts- but I know it will in a couple of weeks, and am bracing up for it.
    Love crazy weather in books - brings out the best and worst in people.

  5. Anon, Sophie Mae will probably be in bookstores before July 1st, though that's the official release date.

    Mason, I like to think of weather in a book as just one more thing I can throw at a character.

    Kathi, I checked out your blog. Sounds like you've had a LOT of excitement from the spring run off.

    Rayna, it's the same in the southwest of the U.S. -- when the rains come the arroyos fill dangerously fast. Stay safe in the upcoming monsoons.

  6. Every afternoon when thunderheads form and tornado watches are issued, I remember the hail storms of last year and shudder. We could use a gentle rain but at this time of year, it seems they rarely are gentle. Great pictures!