American Elephants

Thunder and Cloudbursts by The Elephant's Child

Well! We had weather yesterday. Thunderstorms and cloudbursts kept drifting through the area. The thunder scared my cat badly, and she was howling. A cloud would open and dump rain by the bucket, then end and before long another full cloud would arrive,  there would be more thunder  and the cloud would drift closer, open up and dump more buckets of rain. Big serious thunder. Didn’t see any lightning, nor did I hear a lightning strike anywhere near. I’m familiar with that from my youth. Lightning struck a tall fir  probably 100 – 15o yards from our house, and stripped the bark off in a spiral right down the tree. Very impressive noise. Not something to be forgotten.

ADDENDUM: Our thunderstorms were more significant than even I recognized. There were 2,500 lightening strikes, according to the radio. No mention of anyone harmed, but no wonder there was so much noise!


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