Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

Monsoon Part 2

The prediction was for another active night of storms, and Mother Nature delivered. I went to sit outside about 7 and the sky looked threatening. I checked the radar and the nearest storm was 20-30 miles away. Then why was I seeing lightning off to he north as well as hearing thunder? I went to sit on the upper patio and just put my head back to stare straight up at the clouds. It seemed that all of the lightning was cloud to cloud. There's nothing quite like seeing arcs of lightning directly over your head with the thunder taking about 10 seconds to reach your ears. It still made sense. If the storm cloud was 20-30,000 feet tall, then lightning 10,000 feet up wouldn't be all that odd. So I watched the lightning until it started to rain. Then I retreated to the lower patio to watch the storm and listen to tunes. Here's one lightning flash I caught. Background music is "Someday I Suppose" by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

Once the rain really started I decided to call it a night. I didn't have to worry about my rain barrels since they filled in the storm the night before. It must have poured like a mofo because there was quite a bit of "damage" in the neighborhood mainly in the form of streets covered in sediment. I checked in back of the house and there must have been some pretty good flow down the mesa. None reached my back wall, but I could see in a few places where it tried. Time to get out there with the shovel again.
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