Actually we just had a rather horrific hail storm here in New York! Interesting how mother nature decides to work, eh? Not sure what size the hail here was, but partnered with some strong winds it was enough to keep me up through some of the night. Hail has stopped now but the wind commences
Luckily, here in the Pacific Northwest, our weather is quite normal. Just wet! No freak weather. People complain about the rain, but compared to all the freak weather you're getting farther east, it's nothing to complain about at all. All you need is a rain jacket and/or umbrella and stay inside, and you're fine! Oh, and be careful on the roads, of course, but we Seattlites ought to be used to it by now.
There are plenty of positive things about rainy weather, anyway. It's an excuse not to have to do any yard work, it discourages dogs from staying outside to bark, no ice to scrape off the car windows, etc. All kinds of things! i21.photobucket.com/albums/b294/hdjoespics/EEjdKsU.gif
i21.photobucket.com/albums/b294/hdjoespics/EEjdKsU.gif Can't complain here in Christchurch NZ. January was the sunniest on record with only one day of rain and in the high 20s to low 30's (unlike Australia getting into the mid 40's). Although we have had a few grass fires around Christchurch one which burnt two houses and a 18000 chicken farm building.
Yeah, we get small hail too, but no tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards (well, not on the west side of the mountains), dust storms... We do get big windstorms sometimes in the winter, and a lot of rain can cause flooding and mudslides, of course. Also we get waterspouts out over the ocean occasionally. And scientists are always predicting we'll have a huge earthquake sometime, which could creat a tsunami or volcanic eruption. I would not be able to stand it if Mt. Rainier erupted! Apparently it erupted a very long time ago, though, but you wouldn't know it to look at it now.
This discussion reminded me of the nearby Mount St. Helens eruption of 1980, which blew half the mountain away, sent shock waves around the World and was well covered on TV. That was an astonishing event so let's hope it was the last 'big one' in those parts for a few centuries, another one like that could affect the climate of the entire earth (and might take our minds off Global Warming for a few years!).