Is it just me, or has the summer of 2006 been absolutely crazy in terms of the weather New Jersey has gotten? It seems that nearly every week, my the area near my house gets hit with another thunderstorm. Thunderstorms aren't anything new, but the ones we've been getting have been massive. I feel like the world is going to end sometime soon, and someone's just giving us an early warning.
And if that's not bad enough, what about the giant tornado-like storm that northern New Jersey experienced a few weeks back? I felt the aftermath near me (including seeing some intense bolts of lightning through my window), but I had no idea how badly northern NJ was hit until I made a trip up there last night. Apparently, the storm literally ripped apart areas of Bloomfield and Montclair. Just driving around town in Bloomfield, I saw at least four or five (maybe more) houses where their front trees had been ripped out of the sidewalk and collapsed into the house near it. The picture to the right is one example, where a huge tree was ripped out of its roots and narrowly missed hitting a house, instead falling to the house's right side. Driving by another house, I saw that a tree had fallen onto a car in the driveway!
I really hope this is just coincidence and bad luck. If this becomes a trend, we could be in for some really tough times in the coming years. Mother Nature does not look happy right now.