Lightning in the clouds

We’ve had very hot weather the past week, with temperatures over 30 degrees centigrade. Without exception, this kind of weather is followed by rain and lightning storms. We had the rain early in the evening, when the sky darkened and all the water the clouds held was released within minutes (or so it felt). The lightning surrounded us later, when it was already dark. That allowed me to film it (sorry if it’s very dark, I don’t yet know how to change that when filming with my smartphone). Though I’ve seen lightning before, I’d never seen lightning lighting up the clouds like this before, not live anyway. We were spellbound and we were not the only ones: I saw several distinct flashes not coming from lightning but from cameras, trying to capture the moment supreme. Hope you enjoy the sight of lighting in the clouds!

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The joy of a rainstorm

Rain

Rain (Photo credit: tchandok)

Have you experienced this before? It’s warm and sticky outside and the earth simply screams for a rainstorm to cool everything and clear the air. Especially in summer I can long for a storm after a few great, warm days. Today was such a day. You couldn’t go outside without beginning to sweat instantly. The air was moist and almost difficult to breathe in. But not any more.

The wind got stronger, rushing through the trees and hurling leaves up into the air. The sky was grey and darkened even more and a few seconds later bucketfuls of water came pouring down. The sound of streaming water, of drops ticking on the roof, of trees rustling. I went outside and stood on my balcony, enjoying the sight and the sound and the fresh feel of the rainstorm. Nature is so powerful!
After only 10 minutes it stopped raining, but the pressure outside had gone and the air was clear. I felt great and somehow cleansed by the smell and sound and sight of the storm.

The joy of a rainstorm… have you experienced it?