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Stormy weather

August 1, 2008 - Chuck Hunt
Twice in one week I have been caught out in the weather. I don't mean just getting a little wet in the rain, either. On Sunday I was hauling a bed in a trailer to my daughter's home in Mankato. The ominous clouds to the north and west should have been a hint to stay home, but no, I was determined to get it done that day. I got as far as Winnebago when I stopped and tried to take as much of the bed out of the trailer and cram it into the van I was driving. Seconds after getting that done, it was tropical storm time. I tried to get the remaining items in the trailer tied down and was nearly blown away by the wind and rain, getting soaked to my shorts in the process. Suddenly a Winnebago police officer pulled up and motioned me over. I was unsure if he wanted to tell me to get further off the side of the highway, or warn me that a tornado was on the way. Instead he just asked if I was doing alright. I was tempted to tell him that I would be doing much better if I wasn't standing outside in a typhoon answering his dumb questions, but instead I just said "fine" and ran for the van. Just keeping the van and trailer on the road for the next half hour was quite a battle. Wednesday morning at around 8:30 was another bad time to be outside. But if you are dumb enough to think you may have left the windows open on your car, you might decide to go out and check. That was another downpour, with a lot of wind again. KBEW reported just half an inch of rain, but I swear it all came down sideways. So why have we not had this story in the newspaper? The simple answer is that rain and storms are only news if there is damage, or other incidents with it. We have not had reports of storm damage reported here, which is actually a good thing. Just because it rains in the summer or snows in the winter in Minnesota isn't news. There has to be something else along with it, because it always rains and snows here. But if it snows in August, we will be sure to have it in next week's Register, because that would be news. Thanks for reading.

 
 

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