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So I start seeing these flashes of light out of the corner of my eye at work. I look up and nothing's there. This happens a few times. Then I hear this rumble that I thought at first was a truck on the freeway nearby. And the roof starts making a funny pattering noise.

Even I can take a hint after enough clues.

So I go outside. *FLASH!* Blinding lightning arcs across the sky! *RRrRrRRRrRrrrumble!* Thunder follows! Rain spatters down from the skies in huge wet warm glops!

This simple thing amazes me no end. I wasn't expecting rain for another month. I almost never see real lightning storms here! When it rains here it's almost always cold drizzles without excitement. But this... this is a storm like I used to grow up with in the desert!

When I got home, my housemates and I sat out just inside the door of our garage for an hour, watching lightning cascade across the sky and backlight the hills.

I love thunderstorms.

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credendovides
Sep. 25th, 2001 06:12 pm (UTC)
Wasn't expecting storms for another month? You've lived here long enough to know our annual thunder storm occurs in September. At least it has for as long as I remember. Though usually not so impressively.
tarx
Oct. 12th, 2001 05:43 pm (UTC)
Thunder and Lightning...
I miss it. That's a sight I don't see out here in the Pacific Northwest. I used to see it all the time this time of year back in New Jersey, when the hot and cold air would clash over the coast and send storms across the coast, splitting prominent trees in half and 'ringing' the tall water tower at the end of my street.
Here on the wetside, south end of Puget Sound, we're at sea level, and the temperature is pretty stably that of the sea, so... no lightning. LOTS of rain, since it's a temperate rainforest. Although one night during a new moon, I had the pleasure of seeing the entire region's power go down in an intense windstorm, and the violet flash of transformers overloading was all the light there was to see by.
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