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Thunderstorms in Poland


spiritus 68 | 666  
6 May 2009 /  #1
What a terrifying experience are these eh ????

They don't mention these in the Lonely Planet guide to Poland !

In the UK we have a little rumble of thunder and occasionally Mr Lightning may decide to join in and this "meeting of elements" occurs approximately once a year.

In Poland, the sky turns black, the cloud breaks and armageddon is a being played out over your head. It doesn't go away in a few minutes but can last a few hours and any childhood fears you had shaken off regarding thunderstorms come back to visit, turning you into a whimpering wreck who just wants to hide under the table.

I really think Poland should do something about their thunderstorms as it's rather off putting for tourists.
frd 7 | 1,399  
6 May 2009 /  #2
I'd say thunderstorms are an interesting event of nature, and they may attract tourists rather then scare them off.. I love driving in the rain during a thuderstorm, listening to Riders on the storm.. and the air after a storm it is so fresh especially in the polluted Silesia ; )
NO 14 4 | 44  
6 May 2009 /  #3
I remember one of the worst storms in Pomorskie region (i was in Gdańsk at the time) back in the year 2000, It was July or August summer time, the weather was brilliant, very hot & not a cloud in the sky for days, suddenly, out from nowhere came clouds, rain & thunder & lightening, i have never experienced anything like it before or since.

The rain was so bad that roads & buildings were collapsing, the thunder was so strong that i thought the house i was in was going to fall down.

In the centre of Gdańsk was a kiosk across the road from the prison, it was built next to the railway line which was about 15-20meters below from this kiosk, a little old woman working there had to be evacuated due to the rain, just after she exited the kiosk it fell down onto the track.

This was my worst experience by far of a storm, but i agree with "frd" they are very exciting to be a part of.
magdalenaG 2 | 67  
6 May 2009 /  #4
Thunderstorms in Poland are quite commonplace if you ask me ... I remember last summer that every friday night for weeks on end there seemed to be the mother of all thunderstorms , lasted a couple of hours & then gone !! ( or maybe I just had too much to drink after work !)
McCoy 27 | 1,275  
6 May 2009 /  #5
Thunderstorms

Lov'em. Especially the moment before.

What about tornados in Poland:


BevK 11 | 248  
6 May 2009 /  #6
"Do something" about them? Like what exactly? LOL

Anyway I love storms, they were always weedy and short lived in the UK.
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
6 May 2009 /  #7
Like what exactly?

I suppose the government could ban them during the tourist season....and fine any that take place at the wrong times.... I quite like the storms , exept when the trees come down , and take out my power lines to the farm , we get some great storms here in the forest....
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007  
6 May 2009 /  #8
Saying that, i think one is building up at the moment in Kraków. Could someone please inform the Government that i have to go to work and I don't have a rain-jacket? Pesky little storm must have slipped under the radar:(
djf 18 | 166  
6 May 2009 /  #9
In the UK we have a little rumble of thunder and occasionally Mr Lightning may decide to join in and this "meeting of elements" occurs approximately once a year

Dont know what part of the UK you are from but that isnt my experience especially during the flooding events in 2000 and 2007 and the storms of the late 80s. Massive storms lashing down rain, hail coupled with strong winds, thunder and lightning, not lasting a few hours but days. Lots of people with damaged property.

Last year we had a series of storms that were very heavy with torrential rain during the summer, lots of "drowned rat" tourists. Joys of living in Lincolnshire!
Raficoo 3 | 34  
6 May 2009 /  #10
well actually i love Thunderstorms.. they are an amazing part of nature! =)

i've had some crazy experiences last summer... like once.. in Krakow, it was a nice, sunny, and quite hot day.. the temperature was about 32C!! everything looked nice. Later, me and my mom were going to the Post office to send some spices to a friend in another city.. on our way there.. alot of clouds started forming out of nowhere and fast... we went inside the post office and things outside turned black and grey quickly!! next thing i know, it starts to rain INSANELY and the winds Picked up fast!!!

think that sounds crazy? well listen to this.. it Started to hail as if Hell's Winter just awoke!

hail Hail Hail.. i could hear the balls fall everywhere.... the weather continued to go crazy for about 15minutes...

finally when things calmed down.. i decided it was safe to go out.. the raining stopped but it was Cold!.. the whole Ground was covered with white snowy hail! the Temperature dropped from 32C to 18C!!!! and then a nice layer of cold fog started to form from all the ice that was melting on the ground... finally.. all the clouds started to disappear and the weather came back to being.....nice and sunny!!! although there was water everywhere and the temp was about 22C.
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007  
6 May 2009 /  #11
think that sounds crazy? well listen to this.. it Started to hail as if Hell's Winter just awoke!

Yep i remember that, it was soooooo cool, my gf almost had a heart attack when i went on the balcony as i love storms, even i didnt realise the hail was the size of golf balls, it done alot of damage that day :)
BevK 11 | 248  
7 May 2009 /  #12
the storms of the late 80s

Yay, recent! Anyway in those storms it was mainly wind damage.

I thought there was going to be a storm last night with the colour of the skies over Warsaw but no. Don't worry, those in Warsaw who are scared of storms, as long as I am here waiting eagerly to see these amazing storms you probably won't get any :)
oeabel 2 | 5  
7 May 2009 /  #13
Reminds me of all those years in Kansas... Love 'em!
BevK 11 | 248  
8 Jun 2009 /  #14
I thought there was going to be a storm last night with the colour of the skies over Warsaw but no. Don't worry, those in Warsaw who are scared of storms, as long as I am here waiting eagerly to see these amazing storms you probably won't get any :)

I came back across this thread and now find it quite ironic :)
George8600 10 | 637  
10 Jun 2009 /  #15
I know right! I'm a thunderstorm lover, and especially out in the villages and rural areas of Poland where I have been the sky literally turns dark as black and you can feel the winds creeping up on you, and then that morbid silence and then BOOM mother nature strikes with hard rain and lightening. I love thunderstorms and when I was in Poland they were the best!

Here are some pics taken in Poland, some of them are mine :-D.

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My absolute favorite:

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Kapusta 2 | 66  
10 Jun 2009 /  #16
Fantastic pictures! Thanks. :)
red_devil 1 | 23  
12 Jun 2009 /  #17
I absoutely love thunderstorms, always have done! It makes me feel cosy in my house. I open the window and close the curtain and listen to the rain falling. What a wonderful expression of nature's power!
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240  
12 Jun 2009 /  #18
"To byłoby to lato już i słońce i szaleństwo burz" - Bajm "Piechotą do lata"

I miss Polish thunderstorms in the Summer....
delphiandomine 85 | 18,267  
12 Jun 2009 /  #19
Three weeks of thunderstorms...when will it end? :(
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
12 Jun 2009 /  #20
There's thunder outside even now. This thunder knows no end.

I loved the tornado video. The gormless buffoons waited and then charged on into it, LOL.
George8600 10 | 637  
12 Jun 2009 /  #21
I loved the tornado video. The gormless buffoons waited and then charged on into it, LOL.

Lol, you could hear them, "wait for it, what is it, look at it, what's it doing"; then once it actually forms, he says "Drive forward" right into it. lmao

I hope nobody was hurt though. :-(
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649  
12 Jun 2009 /  #22
I always thought it would be cool to take a ride in a tornado.
Zosia 1 | 51  
14 Jun 2009 /  #23
love love love thunderstorms! i'm in Poland right now and my first couple of nights here there were thunderstorms. so cool!
Czestochowa 9 | 50  
15 Jun 2009 /  #24
More weather shots: polish-blog.com/crazy-polish-weather/
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
15 Jun 2009 /  #25
We need a couple more to lift this humidity. I can barely breathe here in my flat which is just under the roof. The windows are open too.
szkotja2007 27 | 1,499  
15 Jun 2009 /  #26
Love Thunderstorms !
I always get a splittig sore head just before them - feels great afterwards.
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,444  
15 Jun 2009 /  #27
I always get a splittig sore head just before them

have you considered cutting down on spirits?;)
pawian 170 | 11,433  
16 Jun 2009 /  #28
love love love thunderstorms! i'm in Poland right now and my first couple of nights here there were thunderstorms. so cool!

I am afraid you haven`t lived through a real thunderstorm...... Go outside when it lasts :):):)
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649  
16 Jun 2009 /  #29
Thunderstorms are nice when they aren't very strong. When the winds get to be about 250 mph they aint so great then.
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
19 Jun 2009 /  #30
The latest one is upon us. It's as stuffy as hell, breathing is awkward.

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