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Thunderstorms

 Because my day off was shortened, I didn't get as much accomplished as I had wanted to. Not good! Last night we were hit with severe thunderstorms just pouring rain down on us as if a faucet had been opened above. It was quite dramatic, but moved in waves so we didn't flood because it wasn't constant for us. The winds yesterday afternoon and evening were extreme, up to 75 miles per hour, which actually shut down our airport for a while. Once the sun set the rains came. I'm quite sure that there was some flash flooding and I might have leaked at the shop which won't make me happy but which is a regular problem from Day 1. *sigh*

Since we had thunderstorms, and since inspiration to write is tied up in my characters for NaNoWriMo right now, I offer you four pictures of lightning and unusual thunderstorm clouds instead as a visual apology for lack of words.




This pic had some amazing lightning behind the clouds, almost like looking at an atmospheric volcano.



This pic was probably a composite, but still - such beautiful lightning.



I don't think I'd like to be living on this atoll just now...it's rather spooky to look at this.



This pic is similar, but this time the cloud is over Florida. Aliens anyone? 
 It looks like the Mother Ship has arrived.

Have a wonderful day and wishing Happy Trails to aearwen2 as she and J head north to visit Squeek. Have a fabulous time! 
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Impressive photos! Right this month we have an exhibition of storms, ice, lightnings and other meteorological phenomena in our Astronomical Center. I wish you could see it!
I wish I could see it too, but even more than the exhibit, I'd love to see you!

- Erulisse (one L)
Well, the umbrella is drying out from getting soaked just getting me from my car into the shop, but I'm hoping I get a gap in the rain so that I can rush the trash out to the bin.

*hugs* to the lovely and squirmy Pippin

- Erulisse (one L)
Aren't they something to see? I warned you that I love weather photos - LOL.

- Erulisse (one L)
known for sitting on the porch and watching the lightning
Oh yes, I saw the video for the wedding tornado on yesterday's news. It was in Kansas, as I recall, and they are well used to twisters there so didn't panic at all, just made sure that it got into the wedding videos. Something to remember, for sure.

I love storm photos also :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
When I was younger, living in Minnetonka, my father and I used to go next door to the vacant lot that sat on a ridge overlooking the north. Away in the valley of open fields we would watch the thunderheads gather, dwarfing the land beneath. The sky would churn in all kinds of troubled colors, dim white, grey, charcoal black. Once in awhile the sky would turn green. The wind would pick up, spattering rain and we would stand there, buffeted by the breath of the storm, squeezing each other's hands when jagged forks of lightening could be seen; grinning when the sheet lightening exposed the sky in its brilliance.
That's what fathers are for.
One of the first thing I learned when I moved up here was to watch out for those green skies. I love watching the clouds here, though. The clouds in Colorado tended to be much more boring.

Lightning, though, New Mexico lightning has beat out all others to me. That long horizon and open surface - so wonderful. Have you ever heard of the Lightning Field? http://www.outsideonline.com/adventure-travel/Lightning-Show.html It's in western New Mexico and it's pretty darned kewl.

- Erulisse (one L)
I sure wish we had known each other before we moved states away from each other...
A long time RL friend was raised in Florida (Dunedin) and would wax poetic about water spouts, hurricanes and other skyward phenomena. Me? I'm fine with earthquakes (being from San Francisco) but big ol' thunder bumpers that descend from the sky like the first coming of Old Scrath? nope. Coward and I admit it.

Pretty though. So long as they are "over there" and not over me. LOL
I love all of that stuff, and am remarkably anti-earthquakes. I think that the earth should remain stable underneath my feet, but the clouds are always moving across the sky, so I expect movement from them. It's a good thing that we live where we do since we like the different nastiness that Mother Nature can throw at us :-) Earthquakes bring out the coward in me.

- Erulisse (one L)
So THAT's why we didn't get the thunderstorm that was called for - you got it, instead. I'm envious. I kind of love storms.
We certainly did get several of them. My poor DH cleaned the gutters out at 1 am and 2 am this morning and again at 3 pm this afternoon. But that's what keeps us from flooding and we've had that happen too often in the 20 years that we've been living here.

- Erulisse (one L)
Eek. I've been lucky enough to avoid that, even living five seconds from the sea. Although I did wake up once the morning after a hurricane to find the sea lapping at my doorstep. That was... startling.
Ohhhh, startling? I'm afraid I would be totally frightened. The ocean is so big that it frightens me even though I love its beauty.

- Erulisse (one L)
I'm on an inlet, so I can actually see the opposite shore when I'm at home. It's an altogether different thing - much more vast and untamed - when I drive a few minutes down the road to the open water.