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I was in San Diego last week where there was a little under two inches of rain in two days including a thunderstorm. Lots of people didn't know what to do. Lightning was new to kids. Driving was hard. The trolley wasn't running. Roads flooded.

This is not a weather event that most places in the US would have found significant.

Can you think of a weather event that you've been in that was unusual for your area (ex: snow in Atlanta)
 
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We had snow in June at Dunstable, a long time ago when I was at school.
Of course, in UK, all weather is unusual by definition.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Can you think of a weather event that you've been in that was unusual for your area


Campbell Ritchie wrote:in UK



Yes. Last summer in UK was so sunny and warm that people couldn't know what to do, whether to go for holidays to Spain or stay locally.

When I met Campbell (well, half an hour before that) last summer, before meeting him I had to go home to change because I got so wet riding home as it was raining so much that I couldn't remember anything similar, and at the same time I was thinking how wet Campbell should get as he was cycling to our meeting point from much farther than I did. To my surprise he was completely dry, now, isn't clear whether he managed to dry out quickly or he was agile enough to avoid rain.

I think at the end we got wet of beer.
 
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Like three years ago we had in june the worst hail/rainstorm I had ever seen. When I opened my front door I didn't see the street, but a raging river.
Three of my skylights broke and they were triple glass, lukely my then 2year old son was spending the noght at his grandma's cause the window in his room was the first to go and his bed was under the skylight. Needless to say, my son never slept in that room again, I turned it in to my office. Now three years later you can still see in my street which cars were parked outside that night
FYI I'm from belgium. So just like our English neighbours we also had an unusual hot summer this year, but even so that hailstorm will stick with me the rest of my life, most likely I will still tell the story to my grandchildern
 
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Yah. First time I went to Dallas, we landed in an arriving thunderstorm. Out on the freeway, people started pulling over right and left. I was concerned about what might be ahead. Answer: virtually nothing. Just heavy rain.

If we pulled over like that in Florida, we'd be permanently parked from June to November.

In fact, I had 2 inches of rain last Tuesday, and we're now in the "dry" season.

At least we don't get Texas hail here. We get little chips. They get baseballs.

I count this month's weather as "unusual" in that it's actually "winter" weather for the first time in years. Except when it isn't. Melbourne, FL broke a record a week or so ago at 90 degrees.

We're getting the southern edge of those nasty systems like what dumped snow over North Carolina, but then another really warm spell hits. And repeat about once a week.
 
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Liutauras Vilda wrote:. . .  it was raining so much that I couldn't remember anything similar

That was nothing compared to the time my daughter and I were cycling through Colchester; it started raining when we got to Westway, along Cymbeline Way, the old A12 bypass. By the time we got to North Station Road, another ¼ miles, the water was 2″ deep on the streets, and then it got really wet. By the time we got to the University of Essex about two miles further, the roads were dry and there was a blue sky.
Or the Sunday in August 2003 when we had rain running down the Church walls, on the inside, and A*** S***** left her sunroof open in her car and found a couple of inches of water inside the car.

. . . To my surprise he was completely dry . . ..

I managed to get to the station and under cover before the rain started.
 
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Is this one of those places where you're sitting in the sun and looking down the street, but you can't see the end of the street because it's a solid wall of water coming down?

We got another 3 inches of rain this weekend. I think the mildew is about to grow mildew.
 
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This past August Calgary, Alberta Canada experienced snowfall, albeit at higher elevations.  Now, it is not unusual for Alberta's weather to be very unpredictable (this is the area of the country that experiences "chinook" conditions - temps could be -15°C at 9:00 am, and then by 2:00 pm that afternoon reach +10°C), however, somewhat of an anomaly to see snow in August.

But I frequently watch the weather channels out of the US and some of the storms are phenomenal. People in boats floating down what would normally be residential streets...

 
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