While heavily overcast this AM, it was not exactly threatening, so TPP road his bicycle to work with the usual stop at a coffee shop. During the 10 min ride to the coffee shop, it had turned very threatening, the kind of threatening that has people watching the clouds for rotation. "Looks like rain", says a friend. Ya think? The coffee shoppe steam queens were in no hurry, working in doors as they do, chatting up customers as they do, making smiley faces on your latte as they do, and the storm was very close by the time the coffee to go was ready to go. Fortunately my building is only 3 blocks away, and when necessary, the bike can go faster than usual. As TPP pulled up to the door, the first rain began to fall. A close call, but TPP would have gladly taken one for the team if it meant rain. Still you do not want to be out in one of these mid-western thunderstorms; they truly are a force of nature even the relatively tame ones. The really nasty green growlers are just plain scary and they can generate some very violent weather very suddenly. As they go this mornings storm is pretty tame, and it is raining. This will help the fall crops (bush beans, lettuces, bok choi) and maybe get some late produce from the eggplant, peppers, and okra. Hope the students moving into dorms saw it coming in time.