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Thunder And Lightning…….

August 5, 2008

Last night we had a storm; one of those summer deluges, replete with deafening noise and a spectacular light show. I wasn’t quick enough to get some of the multiple fork lightning zig zags, but managed to get this single flash.

When the TV meteorologist announced that the weather conditions were “perfect” for tornado formation; to be on the lookout and take shelter in a basement, we watched as the evening light took on that eerie green (possible tornado) tinge. 

Gracie’s terrified of storms, any loud noises; when the first clap of thunder resounded through our living room, she quickly disappeared. I found her hiding in the dark, windowless powder room, where she stayed for the duration.              

The “almost” lull after a few hours of our Monday evening’s entertainment.  

According to Wikipedia:

Lightning is an atmospheric discharge of electricity, which typically occurs during thunderstorms, and sometimes during volcanic eruptions or dust storms.  In the atmospheric electrical discharge, a leader of a bolt of lightning can travel at speeds of 60,000 m/s, and can reach temperatures approaching 30,000 °C (54,000 °F), hot enough to fuse silica sand into petrified lightning, known scientifically as glass channels or fulgurites which are normally hollow and can extend some distance into the ground. There are over 16 million lightning storms every year. 

Intercloud lightnings over Toulouse in France.

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