Friday, June 23, 2006

[En]Light[e]ning


Tuesday I made it home early from work. Shortly after I arrived at home a mild, afternoon thunderstorm rumbled into town.

We went out onto our covered front porch to watch the rain fall. The sun was shining from somewhere, so I told the kids to look for a rainbow. The thunder wasn't too loud, so it was quite nice to be outside.

Off in the distance we saw a pitchfork-shaped bolt of lightning stab down towards earth. A few seconds later we heard the thunder. I briefly explained to the kids how you can tell how close the lightning is by the time. This bolt was probably about five miles away.

The rain was really coming down now, the kids reached out trying to catch raindrops.

Then another cloud-to-ground... this one about a mile away. Hmm, that one was a little louder. Whoo hoo, that was fun! Keep looking for that rainbow!!

Then the world went white. It wasn't so much a Flash-Boom as it was a Fla-BOOM. I don't know where the lightning struck, but it was close, it was loud, and it caught the kids off guard. Ironically, neither the blinding flash of lightning nor the deafening thunder seemed to scare them. What scared them were the two neighboring car alarms that were sounding sirens, beeps and buzzes as a result of the thunderclap.

We decided at that point to go indoors.

5 Comments:

At June 23, 2006 10:31 AM, Anonymous Kim Siever said...

Good idea. :)

 
At June 23, 2006 6:42 PM, Blogger Sariah in Vancouver said...

I love watching thunder storms... but when it gets close like that, I make sure I'm watching from safe inside!

When we lived in Massachusetts, we had a Fla-Boom, like that and turns out it hit the fire station 3 doors down from us!

Eeeks!

 
At June 26, 2006 9:23 PM, Anonymous incrivel said...

I warned you about keeping Coca Cola in your fridge.

 
At July 04, 2006 4:31 PM, Blogger Arlyn said...

We love thunderstorms in our family!

 
At September 14, 2006 4:56 PM, Anonymous Naiah said...

When I was a teenager of some degree, my father's house was struck by lightning. I was laying in bed talking on the phone, and suddenly my skin began to crawl and all the hairs on my arms, etc stood straight up, and then *FLASH* everything went bright for a moment. I felt very strange, and it took a second for the thunderclap to register.

It was one of the most unexpected, crazy experiences of my life. My body still remembers exactly what it felt like.

*chill shoots up my spine*

 

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