I'm a Californian who has never cycled east of the Rockies. My other sojourns to the East have been on planes, in rental cars, and sleeping in comfy rooms.
When I started to study the Northern Tier maps that recently arrived, I couldn't believe my eyes: the greatest precipitation in the Midwest and the East occurs in June, July, and August! Yikes, this is exactly when I'm cycling through.
I have experienced relatively few thunderstorms in my life, and only one while on my bike (which scared the daylights out of me --- although in retrospect, it was quite a show and I wish I had taken photographs!).
On the other hand, maybe I'm lucky to be alive and writing about the thunderstorm I did see. I am pretty ignorant about what steps you must take to preserve life, limb, and your trusty steel tourer.
Soooo ... Can anyone provide me with advice on surviving the weather this summer on the Northern Tier west-to-east? I would sorely like to live to tell about the monster tornado I witnessed, or the incredible bolts of lightning during the Great Thunderstorm of 2006. You know, the stuff of legends!