I knew, dimly, that there was a severe thunderstorm this morning. I knew it because it was loud enough to wake me up, which takes quite some doing even for the sorts of storms you get in Singapore. Particularly on the weekends, when I really try to make up the sleep deficit that's been building since the era of the Iran-Contra Scandal, it takes serious work from the weather to wake me up for it. It didn't get me out of bed, though it did get me to roll over to the part of the bed farther from the window.
When I did finally wake up I learned it had been severe enough that ... no, the power didn't quite fail, but it did trip my circuit breaker, putting out the power to my TV, cable box, and DVD player, as well as to my fridge. I had the TV and related devices on a power strip that explicitly claims to offer reasonable lightning protection, and guarantees up to more than the system's value if it fails, so this would be the most useless circuit to have broken, but there you have it. Naturally I had gotten the fridge relatively filled with food yesterday. The fridge seems to have kept its cool with remarkable, uhm, cool. Most of the stuff in it I just refrigerate because that's an easy way to make sure it stays free of ants -- there's no real reason Ritz crackers need refrigeration, after all, though they do taste pretty neat that way -- so I imagine it's all right.
And while it left the landing where my washing machine and laundry poles are pretty wet, that's all right; I didn't have anything hanging at the time. The storm left the afternoon reasonably non-humid, too. So apart from having to reset the channel settings and such on my consumer goods it was really all the benefits of a severe storm without any of the inconveniences past briefly rousing me.
Trivia: In 1880 Morris County, New Jersey, was the United States's third most productive county for mining iron ore; it produced 568,420 tons. Source: This Is New Jersey, John T Cunningham.
Currently Reading: Yerkes Observatory, 1892-1950: The Birth, Near Death, and Resurrection of a Scientific Research Institution, Donald E Osterbrock.