[originally written 9/6/08]
Well, I just experienced something that I was never aware of before. Hurricane Hanna is over the Mid-Atlantic right now and for the past 20 minutes the sun came out and it seemed that it was going to turn into a beautiful late afternoon-evening, at 5pm. The air was so fresh and energizing after the heavy rains all morning and early afternoon. I thought the storm had passed.
I was wrong.
While the sun was shining through, from my upstairs window I caught a glimpse of some curious clouds outside. Drawn outside, I stood out on my front lawn and peered up to take in the odd cloud movement. Then I realized what was so different. Not all the clouds were moving in the same direction. Stunned I watched lighter clouds closer to me skate through the sky as windows in them revealed another layer of clouds much higher that were still (as still as clouds can be on a planet that is always rotating). It reminded me of something like a periscope that circles around to glimpse small frames of what is beyond. As I stood there and watched this unique cloud movement trying to discern if the clouds were moving circular, as they always show in the weather channel, the whitish shade of the lower clouds quickly shifted to gray and dark gray. Within seconds, the winds blew up, rippling the upper branches of the huge oaks and hickories across the street from me as if they were just stalks of tall grass. Sensing that the rain could let go again quickly, I trotted back inside, as my wind chimes picked up the tempo of their sweet clanging.
Now it’s just a sheet of dusky gray up above and the winds are vacillating from gentle licks at the trees to tumultuous tussles of air. But no more windows into stillness above. It feels like the rain is about to start any second.