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.
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.