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Old 09-19-2013, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Buxton UK
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I was in a queue/line to go on a white water rapids ride at a theme park once (a ride which promised to get you wet) when a thunderstorm with torrential rain hit , soaking everybody. The overwhelming reaction was one of annoyance, with some kids complaining and saying they'd rather go and sit in the car.
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Finland
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My reaction to a t-storm in a waterpark? "Finally I have a reason to get the hell out of this crappy tourist trap. I'm going somewhere where a beer don't cost $10!"
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Rome
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I understand you aren't used to thunderstoms, yet I find your excitement for such a common weather occurrence way over the top (sorry for my bluntness).

I mean, it's just some rain, thunders and lightning, so what? Does it deserve news headlines?

Having said that, and ignoring the unlikeliness of my being in a waterpark, my reaction would be a combination of annoyance (70%) and amusement/awe (30%).
Well, she IS a weather geek. We find stuff like this more interesting than 99% of the general public would, to be fair
Ok, I think I've got your point.

Therefore I suppose you think a weather geek from Singapore would be perfectly entitled to asking how does it feel like when it's 15c/59F outside?

Fair enough, but I'd be equally entitled to finding such question a bit "odd"
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Old 09-19-2013, 02:06 PM
 
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I am not only interested in weather itself, but I'm also interested in people's reaction to the weather. What is totally normal and every day in location makes headline news and the talk of the town and subject endless facebook postings and tweets in another location.

Having grown up in thunderless California, I FINALLY experienced my first intense, close-up thunderstorm at a waterpark at Disney World when on vacation in Florida. By far the loudest thunder I ever heard in my life and absolutely brilliant streaks of lightning. The WDW caste members (what they call the Disney World staff) evacuated the pools and slides and told everyone to take cover or leave the park. About 40 minutes after this order, the thunderstorm hit fairly close to us (I counted less than 2 seconds between the lightning and the thunder). T-storm itself lasted about half an hour. After the T-storm passed, we were allowed to go back to the slides (even though it was still raining fairly hard) and there was very little wait time in the lines for the remaining hour and a half it was open. Here are the the different reactions I observed among the guests:

A) Annoyed- about having to get out of the water and having their theme park time cut short- people debating whether to leave the park or stay hoping the park would re-open after the storm (water was evacuated at about 2:30 and the waterpark closed at 5). Some left complaining, some grudgingly took cover hoping that the storm would pass quickly so they could get back to the waterslides. They were like, "Come on, I wanna get back in the water".

b) Neutral- like whatever, no reaction- just got under cover and talked continued their regular conversations about family, other plans, and stuff, virtually ignoring the storm.

c) Panic- Several children were screaming and crying when the thunder got loud at and lightning got flashy. I also saw two adults that were visibly shaken. In one family with British accents, the wife was freaking out with panic in her voice, the two children (boy- about 5-6 and girl about 8-9) were crying hysterically and the hubby was trying to calm all three of them down. Do they not have thunderstorms in England? I thought the U.K. got at least some thunderstorm activity, not as much as Florida, but definitely more than what coastal California does?

d) Excitement- Not upset at all about the slides being closed but in total awe of the power of the thunderstorm. Getting giddy as the thunder grew louder and closer, and huge grin on the face when the thunder and lightning were less than 2 seconds apart. Thinking and saying how cool and awesome it was. Considered the thunderstorm to be part of the entertainment package, perhaps even better than the waterslides themselves (which were pretty cool).


I was with a friend who had spent a good part of her childhood in Texas when we both experienced this thunderstorm. She had experienced far longer and more intense storms in Texas (including close calls with a tornado). She and I had completely different reactions to the t-storm and she got annoyed with my reaction.

Guess what her reaction was and guess what my reaction was!
How would YOU react to a thunderstorm at a waterpark? Annoyed, Neutral, Afraid, or Amazed? Any combinations of those two?

I realize that this thunderstorm was normal for Floridians but if it happened in my hometown, it would be major headline news and the talk of the town for WEEKS afterwards.
I love bad weather, so I would have been both annoyed at the storm being there but amazed at the sight of it.

I lived in UK for two years and it rained every day, but I never experienced more than a drizzle, so no, no thunderstorms. The two days it did not rain and it was sunny, the Brits were dropping like flies with hyperthermia.

I imagine you were amazed and your girl-friend was annoyed?
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Old 09-19-2013, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Buxton UK
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I love bad weather, so I would have been both annoyed at the storm being there but amazed at the sight of it.

I lived in UK for two years and it rained every day, but I never experienced more than a drizzle, so no, no thunderstorms. The two days it did not rain and it was sunny, the Brits were dropping like flies with hyperthermia.

I imagine you were amazed and your girl-friend was annoyed?

No you didn't.
Where did you live? The shetland isles?

Even there it doesn't rain "every day" and everywhere has a few thunderstorms every year.
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Old 09-19-2013, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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We were at Disney 3 weeks ago (wow, seemed longer than that). We were also caught in a thunderstorm at Typhoon Lagoon where they closed everything. It was heavy downpour for over an hour with 2 storms rolling through, but the thunder itself was no quicker than 7 seconds from the lightning. But still they closed everything for well beyond the rain - we were going to leave after hearing about the 2nd storm, but suddenly the skies cleared up. Then we just waited. And waited. And waited. Another 30 minutes pass and finally we're let back in the water. I think annoyed would be a good way to describe it. At least it made for an interesting day - and I'm glad we didn't leave - ride lines were much shorter after that. If I were in the OP's situation, I'd think it'd be really cool to see lightning and hear thunder that close. Nothing like that ever happens in NY.
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Old 09-19-2013, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Mid Atlantic USA
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I love bad weather, so I would have been both annoyed at the storm being there but amazed at the sight of it.

I lived in UK for two years and it rained every day, but I never experienced more than a drizzle, so no, no thunderstorms. The two days it did not rain and it was sunny, the Brits were dropping like flies with hyperthermia.

I imagine you were amazed and your girl-friend was annoyed?
This is exactly how the misconceptions about the UK's weather get entrenched. "Rained every day", surely you exaggerate. I don't think there is anywhere that has rain every day, except in The Illustrated Man. And just like in the book I think the people of the UK would all be insane by now if it rained every day, lol.
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Old 09-19-2013, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Buxton UK
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With that stupid description they give they couldn't have been anywhere other than the Shetland Isles, and certainly not anywhere near SE England I should think, where they get 23 inches of rain a year on 100 days, and 15+ thunderstorms a year.
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Old 09-19-2013, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Madison, WI
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Probably a combination of Afraid and Excited.
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Old 09-19-2013, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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Rained every day! That's funny. Probably more common to get over a week without rain than to get a week of rain falling.
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