Lightning out of the Blue

That was exciting. No photo. There had been rumblings of thunder but the sky was fairly clear. Then *CRACK!BOOM!*Lightning from out of the blue. There was no delay between flash and boom. The inside of the cottage turned white and something sparked on our Faraday cage. My ears are still ringing. The strike was somewhere right inside our home area. I’ll go check fences, later! I don’t smell bacon so no emergency. A light rain and more thunder and lightning followed but more distantly.

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9 Responses to Lightning out of the Blue

  1. Marie says:

    Doesn’t it leave you breathless? I grew up in Oklahoma -they MAKE weather out there – and a flash/crash like that still shakes me to the core. Hope there’s no damage when you go check tomorrow!

    Sadly, no thunder/lightening/rain down in Little Rhody today…

  2. Nance says:

    that was a close one! as long as you don’t smell burning wood, you will be okay. Hope the electrical appliances are okay, too!

    • Nance, our house is made of stone – not much wood – so that will help I hope. I always worried about the old farm house. The barn had burnt years ago from a lightning strike, I think that is what Lloyd said. The farm house is 230 year old dry kindling. Just right for lightning to make a mess of… But, it hasn’t burned down in the last two centuries so maybe it is in a good spot.

      Marie, I’ll put Oklahoma on my ‘not-to-visit’ list. The meek storms we get are more than enough. I hear they have major tornados out there too… Something I would rather avoid!

  3. I agree with Nance. Only if you don’t smell burning flesh you’re ok.

  4. DennisP says:

    I can empathize with you easily. A few years ago I was camping, trying out a new (light-weight) approach using a tarp. I was camped on a hill near a lake. About 8 p.m. I heard distant thunder and by 9 it began to rain. A series of thunder cells rolled overhead for the next 11 hours and it was a black as black can be. Several of those cells had lightning attached and rolled right over head; it was just a FLASH-BANG. I was scared out of my mind. There was a break in the rain about 8 the next morning, so I hiked back to the car, threw my stuff in back, and got the heck out of there.

  5. Teresa says:

    I must say, we’ve had a lot of storms here this summer, but I haven’t had any calls that close, thank goodness. Hope you had no damage.

    • Our phone lines were a bit crackly and the modem was flakey for a few hours afterwards but then it settled down and there doesn’t appear to be any damage this time. The last storm blew out our first surge suppressor. We run many surge suppressors in series so that if the first one gets blown the next one takes over. The worst we’ve ever had is three blown at once making me glad for the next one back… No, I’m not paranoid. Not enough. :) Not when it comes to lightning.

  6. mellifera says:

    We’ve had that happen a few times down here in FL. The only bad habit our kid has picked up from others so far (at the advanced age of 2, I’m sure there are more to come) is getting scared of thunder. She used to just play or sleep right through it without a blink– fire alarms too– now she covers her eyes and cries “Thana? Thana?”

    I calmly and rationally explained to her it was just vibrations after a column of air expands and re-collapses quickly after it’s been superheated by lightning, but what can I say, science just doesn’t gain much traction on panicked toddlers. Sigh.

    • Keep explaining the science. People would roll their eyes at me for doing it but our kids know science inside out. They also know to question things because sometimes I would throw in outlandish things just to make sure they’re listening and thinking…

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