Algebra 1. Quiz day.
I passed out the quizzes, and the students settled to silence. I took my first look at the group to make sure no one was attempting to cheat.
Then the thunder boomed.
And the rain beat down so hard we could really hear it.
And the class lost it.
"That sounds like hail."
"Can we look outside?"
"This rickety room is going to break apart."
I assured the class that we weren't going to lose the roof. (It was a fairly old bungalow, but I didn't see any leaks.) I explained that opening the door would only let the water in (I learned this one the hard way). And I promised them that they could look outside...as soon as everyone finished the quiz.
"But by that time, it'll be over and the sun will be out."
One girl said that she was going to really take her time so that we didn't have time to look outside. She didn't want to.
Somehow, the students managed to get back to silence. The rain continued to fall heavily. (Turned out it was hail. I learned this later.) We had a couple more booms of thunder (only once saw a flash of lightning through the blocked out windows), and then we could no longer hear any precipitation.
By the time everyone had finished the quiz, the rain had stopped. I think I saw sunlight.