Summer storms

(Because I am writing this conference paper and blogging is such a good form of avoidance…)

Yesterday evening there was the most spectacular thunderstorm we’ve had in quite a while. It had been building up all afternoon, really, horribly muggy. And then the sky started to turn this ominous shade of slate grey and there was only one way it could all end…

it's coming

the world went strange

where did the hill go

(Here is a more normal view from the same window as that last picture…)

I couldn’t get a picture of the lightning though. Now that was something.

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9 Responses to Summer storms

  1. Steve says:

    By eck! That could almost be the North West. I hate the weather pre-cloudburst, as does anyone with hay fever but it all adds to that great summer downpour feeling when the clouds do go pop. BTW, did you see the big orange moon last week? Not very orange but certainly big. I remember the first time I saw that effect as a nipper, I thought we were spinning out of orbit :)

  2. Sharon says:

    There’s something on the Beeb website this week about the optical illusion that makes the moon look bigger when it’s low in the sky…

    A few minutes before I managed to locate some working batteries for the camera, the sky was even darker and greyer than that first photo – just this solid sheet of slate-grey.

  3. rob says:

    Someone just got to my site via the search phrase “life with sharon”!

  4. Sharon says:


    Well, it could be worse.

  5. Jeremy says:

    A similar storm is passing over the washington dc area now…pretty nasty stuff. Should probably turn my Mac off. I’d be cursing a ton if it got fried.

  6. Ralph Luker says:

    Whoa! About 5:00 p.m. yesterday, we had the most amazing storm here in Atlanta. It knocked out our electricity for about 5 hours. My wife could hardly get home from work because all traffic lights were out and major trees were down across the streets in our neighborhood. The storm seemed to strike without warning, all the damage was done in about 10 minutes, and the storm was gone as quickly as it came.

  7. Sharon says:

    That sounds like the storms they had in Yorkshire last week. They got something like a months’ rain in an hour – and then this water all just rolled down from the hills onto towns and villages. It moved so fast that there were stories of people being pulled out of their cars just in the nick of the time. Very frightening. Eg, here.

  8. Ralph Luker says:

    Yes, it was frightening and we would, undoubtedly, have had flooding, if it had not all happened so briefly. 15 minutes and all was done. Today, we walked down the street. Some people who had lost major trees appear to be away from the city for the long 4th of July holiday and will return to a big surprise. Fortunately, there appears to be no major damage to houses.

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