One aspect of expat life that I had not really thought about, until I moved, was the weather. This was a complete oversight on my part that has maybe let my British sensibilities down (I am rather obsessed with the weather) and left me enjoying the new meteorological conditions while also being terrified of them.
Shortly after I became an expat, Ohio experienced some of the worst winter weather it has had in about 35 years, with temperatures reaching as low as -30 with thick snow and ice everywhere – a condition I was not prepared for at all. Not to mention the tornado siren going off, which has me in a state of panic every time (I still have a ‘moment’ when they are testing it at the beginning of the month to make sure it works).
Recently there have been some pretty amazing storms with thunder that sounds like it is out of a horror movie. It starts with a huge clap/bang and then proceeds to rumble on … it is unlike anything I have ever heard. I managed to get a rather shaky, poor quality, mobile phone video of one such clap of thunder. The filming of it does not do it justice as it does not pick up the real volume of the noise at the time – but, if you listen carefully, you can hear my house shaking as the thunder rumbles on … have a look/listen!
I am currently trying to figure out how to get a piece of audio up on here that managed to capture a truly horrifyingly loud bit of thunder – I feel it will prove I am not crazy when I shake in my British socks every time a storm arrives!
UPDATE: Managed to create a video of the audio of the huge thunder clap I recorded – see below!