Thunderstorm in May?

It is rare to get rain this late in the year here in California, and even rarer to have a thunderstorm.

However, the weather has been very unpredictable this year. Two days ago it was well over 100 and setting daily records and today thunderstorms.

California late rain, thunderstorm, weatherIt was real interesting to get a lightning proximity warning on my phone. I did not know that these existed. It seldom storms like this in California.

California late rain, thunderstorm, weatherThe rain was coming down very heavy and the thunder was rumbling in the sky. I thought I was back in Kansas.

California late rain, thunderstorm, weatherHere you can see the rain a little better. It was coming down in streams at times.

California late rain, thunderstorm, weatherWe even had a little bit of hail. I first heard it hitting on the windows. Luckily it was only very small.

California late rain, thunderstorm, weatherIt was nice however to look out the window and see the rain. Also to hear the thunder. I really do miss thunderstorms in the summer.

Are you having unseasonal weather where you live?

Steven

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The Right Tea for the Webinar

This week I have been presenting webinars for students in different countries around the world.

I always like to have a drink handy when I am lecturing in case my throat starts to dry out. Since I am presenting from home it is nice to be able to choose one of my many teas.

oi ocha, green tea, japan, tea bagsFor my webinar with Japan earlier this week I selected some Green Tea I bought during my last trip there.

Japanese Green tea, oi ocha, tea please, tea time, brewingI enjoyed a nice cup of green tea while presenting.

Vahdam Tea, Oolong Tea, Indian TeaFor my webinar with India I decide to make a cup of Vahdam High Mountain Oolong Tea, which comes from the Darjeeling area of India. One of my trainers from India had brought it to me on his last trip to California.Oolong Tea, Vahdam Tea, Heavy Oxidized OolongThis tea has a nice dark color and is one of the more highly oxidized oolong teas.

DaYuLing Tea, Taiwan Tea, High Mountain Tea, Oolong TeaFor my webinar with Southeast Asia I made some DaYuLing Oolong Tea from Taiwan. This tea had been brought to me by my trainer from Singapore who helped me organize the webinar for his region.

DaYuLing Tea, Taiwan Tea, High Mountain Tea, Oolong TeaI really like this tea. The taste is a bit sweet and mellow and has some floral tones. The mouth feel is very smooth with no harsh edges. There is a nice lingering aftertaste in the early infusions which reduces slowly with later ones. It also sometimes has a hint of cinnamon, or something similar.

I have a few more webinars coming up in the next couple weeks and I already have plans for what teas I will be drinking while I am presenting.

I now have to go make a cup of tea 🙂

Steven

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