After a pleasant afternoon poolside under mostly clear skies, thunder boomed in the distance. To the east and west skies were still clear, but to the north a very dark bank of clouds loomed larger and noisier. Suddenly a brisk gust of wind shook the surrounding trees to their very roots and showered branches and twigs across the landscape. More wind and thunder followed, then heavy rain fell nearly horizontally for 10-15 minutes. The power flickered off, and our generator kicked in to power the house for several minutes before the city power was restored. Finally, the wind decreased, the rain lightened, and the sky brightened as the storm passed.
Suddenly, the weather radar alarm went off and told us to be watching for a damaging thunderstorm with winds gusts to 60 MPH, heavy rain, and possible hail. It described what we had just experienced, and all I could think of in response to the warning was: Thanks, I guess.