Thunderstorm and lightning (very, very frightening)

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This afternoon we had the most tremendous thunderstorm, lighting up a pitchblack sky. Of course like a fool I went outside to watch, but my eyebrows remain unsinged.

Not everyone is as keen, so thunder and lightning classic or dud? And anyone have any near misses?

Billy Dods, Sunday, 26 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

best one was when a church got hit across the road from the bookstore i was in. Whole steeple came a crashing down. Funny thing was the priest was convicted of fiddling with kiddies the week before.

Queen Zepplin G, Sunday, 26 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I love thunder and lightning. No near misses, or I might change my opinion. I always like the sounds on records too. Best use: a drum & bass track by Kinetix called The Stalking Moon. Oh, and there's a hip hop number called The Piper by (?) Cheba - anyone know this track? It's a sort of Pied Piper riff, and very strong. Further info (and confirmation of the artiste name) welcomed.

Martin Skidmore, Sunday, 26 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

My mom's house was struck by lightning a few years ago. It killed all 3 computers (including mine, which didn't fit into my teensy apartment at the time) and the VCR. Now we all use surge protectors!

petite verte, Sunday, 26 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

CRAAAKKK! BOUM! yeay. Keep it rolling! Living in the UK, with its maritime climate and thunderstorms-lite, I generally regard it as a holiday treat to witness a deafening Draculaesque demonstration of God's considerable disapproval [am I mixing metaphors with a 'd' shaped spoon here?] from the interior of, say, a rickety alpine chalet.

Gordon, Sunday, 26 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

haha when i was at school aged 11, we were out in the garden collecting worms for biology — you pour formaldehyde on the ground and they wriggle up to the surface all itchy — and a big thunderstorm started and the teacher made us shelter UNDER A TREE!! Another teacher saw us out of the window and poked his head out and, TOTALLY ENRAGED, yelled derision and abuse at the biology teacher, as well as an urgent warning for us all to run quickly inside the building. We learned several useful new words and phrases!! It was the best biology lesson EVAH!!

mark s, Sunday, 26 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Thunder and lightning stills happens to be one of the few phobias I have (besides heights)... I think it all started from a rather traumatic experience as a kid.

Brian MacDonald, Sunday, 26 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Mmm, classic, on a warm summer afternoon, especially when the sun blazes out afterwards. Our dogs always got really spooked and hid under the bed.

Martin Skidmore -- I am sure you will know: What is that thunderstorm song on Shades of Deep Purple ? I like that.

felicity, Sunday, 26 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Mark, yr poor biology teacher was probably only demonstrating Darwin's theory of evolution.

Billy Dods, Sunday, 26 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

If I didn't live in tornado central, I would enjoy it immensely.

Melissa W, Sunday, 26 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Where is tornado central? I looove storms to the extent of clapping and jumping and getting quite randy.

notjess, Monday, 27 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

you could do worse mel!

Josh, Monday, 27 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

arhargghhhar, har. I know I am not alone with this brain hardwiring rain = sex

jeska, Monday, 27 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Thunderstorms are fantastic, esp. running about in them and getting soaked through, or, more classic, kissing in the rain.

Anna, Monday, 27 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Sorry, Felicity, I have to confess to not being very strong on Deep Purple. (Actually, I'm not in the slightest bit sorry generally or I wouldn't have avoided them so much, but I am sorry I can't help here.)

Martin Skidmore, Monday, 27 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Skidmore musical knowledge finite Shock! Thanks anyway. ;)

felicity, Monday, 27 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

No near misses, but just before I hit my teen years I had a phobia of thunderstorms so extreme that a party cloudy sky in the dead of winter would make me fidgety. I don't want to bore you with the details but it all had something to with abandonment issues and my parents divorcing and all. I snapped out of it after a year and a half.

Michael Daddino, Monday, 27 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I love it, it's a great thrill to hear and feel that sort of chaos unfolding...call it a touch of the sublime in the 18th century sense.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 27 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

but what about my poodle you bastard!

hugh walpole, Monday, 27 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...
i like being indoors watching or listening to thunder and lightning. it's strangely relaxing. i'm doing it right now, and i have a great view out of this big University Library window.

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Wednesday, 22 October 2003 10:39 (sixteen years ago) link

Angela doesn't agree: she'd like to go out down the shops for some food, but it's been thundering since 10 last night.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Wednesday, 22 October 2003 10:47 (sixteen years ago) link

It's nice when you're in a dark room and the flash lights it up for a split second. there were some cool storms when i was over in venice over the summer.

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Wednesday, 22 October 2003 11:00 (sixteen years ago) link

jesus yeah,the thunder this morning was unreal

robin (robin), Wednesday, 22 October 2003 11:53 (sixteen years ago) link

And we've just got it here. My washing is outside and has been for days, but I am too ill to venture into the garden in sopping rain and collect soaking clothes.

Anna (Anna), Wednesday, 22 October 2003 12:48 (sixteen years ago) link

six months pass...
"ah stevem, welcome back to Britain - just for you we've arranged some chubascos tormentos so you can feel better about the crap but not stormy weather stateside during your visit"

stevem (blueski), Wednesday, 5 May 2004 14:24 (sixteen years ago) link

that was PROPER thunder just then actually, like BANG not rrrummmmble - it had the oddest effect on me, usually i furrow my brow nervously (a reflex maintained from childhood) but this time i just laughed

stevem (blueski), Wednesday, 5 May 2004 14:25 (sixteen years ago) link

Bloody hell, I came here searching for a Thunder thread coz there was just a huge clap of scary thunder outside...you aint in Glasgow are you Stevem?!!

smee (smee), Thursday, 6 May 2004 12:40 (sixteen years ago) link

Ok, I take it back - it's Thursday and the scary thunder has made me forget what day it is!!!

smee (smee), Thursday, 6 May 2004 12:43 (sixteen years ago) link

Scary thunder in glasgow. the rain is ridiculous and i'm wearing a moleskin jacket. humph.

Robbie Lumsden (Wallace Stevens HQ), Thursday, 6 May 2004 12:58 (sixteen years ago) link

a thunderstorm, in the daytime, is a swizz.

RJG (RJG), Thursday, 6 May 2004 13:01 (sixteen years ago) link

Hah you Glaswegians - you have our Sassenach London weather from yesterday!

Liz :x (Liz :x), Thursday, 6 May 2004 13:03 (sixteen years ago) link

as suspected, we're london's sloppy seconds.

Robbie Lumsden (Wallace Stevens HQ), Thursday, 6 May 2004 13:04 (sixteen years ago) link

i heart lightning. i miss it.

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Thursday, 6 May 2004 13:10 (sixteen years ago) link

I saw the most incredible thunderstorms in WA. I used to have all the wheat farmers buring their heads and praying it wouldn't be their farm that got hit.

Nellie (nellskies), Thursday, 6 May 2004 13:12 (sixteen years ago) link

There was so much hail it looked like it had snowed!

Madchen (Madchen), Thursday, 6 May 2004 13:16 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...
some amazing photos of storms in Dorset here

Sociah T Azzahole (blueski), Friday, 24 June 2005 12:24 (fifteen years ago) link

Those are fucking awesome.

Raston Warrior Robot (alix), Friday, 24 June 2005 12:28 (fifteen years ago) link

there was a huge thunderstorm around here recently, it knocked out my internet for two days!

ra's al latebloomer: not a dolphin lover, honest (latebloomer), Friday, 24 June 2005 12:33 (fifteen years ago) link

i want a camera like that.

monsanto and yanni (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 24 June 2005 12:33 (fifteen years ago) link

Manual controls set for long exposure times and a bit of luck.

Jarlr'mai (jarlrmai), Friday, 24 June 2005 12:35 (fifteen years ago) link

london's supposed to be getting some storms this afternoon. still sunny here, but Knowing My Luck it'll start immediately i leave the office. it will be disappointing if it does, because thunderstorms look so much better at night.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 24 June 2005 12:40 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm hopinh we get a good storm here, I love them, they very rarely happen around here though.

Jarlr'mai (jarlrmai), Friday, 24 June 2005 12:46 (fifteen years ago) link

No clouds here yet, but the wind's picking up.

Anna (Anna), Friday, 24 June 2005 12:56 (fifteen years ago) link

My girlfriend's house was struck at about 5am. No one was hurt, but it blew the main fuse and totally fucked a stereo, a camcorder, a TV, the phone, the Sky and a couple of other things.

Sick Mouthy (Nick Southall), Friday, 24 June 2005 13:30 (fifteen years ago) link

There had better be no storms tomorrow.

The Lex (The Lex), Friday, 24 June 2005 13:31 (fifteen years ago) link

I hate nearby thunderstorms -- I'm always scared I'm going to get my livelihood (computer) blown up.

Rock Hardy (Rock Hardy), Friday, 24 June 2005 13:41 (fifteen years ago) link

I love thunderstorms. I just wish I had somewhere decent to watch from. Back in Oxon we (my family) would all troop outside as soon as a storm started to go and stand on the river bridge to watch the storm over Otmoor. Lovely stuff. With my luck today it will start as soon as I step off the bus. It is darkening in Kentish Town.

Raston Warrior Robot (alix), Friday, 24 June 2005 13:46 (fifteen years ago) link

if i had a pound for everytime i've had to buy a new modem due to lightning strikes, I'd have 3 quid.

Ste (Fuzzy), Friday, 24 June 2005 13:48 (fifteen years ago) link

Rain in Surbiton, apparently.

Markelby (Mark C), Friday, 24 June 2005 13:51 (fifteen years ago) link

It is very dark and still in EC1 so I'm predicting POUNDING rain.

suzy (suzy), Friday, 24 June 2005 13:55 (fifteen years ago) link

i haven't read any reports saying 'wettest June since records began (not very long ago)' yet - what gives?

weather has looked normal in places like New York and Southern Europe. that's weird about TX tho.

blueski, Tuesday, 3 July 2007 16:55 (thirteen years ago) link

I think it's all over the southern US. I believe the news the other night said a city in Kentucky was being declared a national disaster.

My aunt lives near a lake and every day the roads become more and more impassable.

"The central Texas cities of Austin and San Antonio have received nearly twice as much rain as usual for June. And earlier this week, about 18 inches of rain fell overnight near Marble Falls, about 40 miles northwest of Austin. Boats and helicopters rescued people who scrambled atop buildings and vehicles."

Ms Misery, Tuesday, 3 July 2007 16:58 (thirteen years ago) link

It's been sunny and nice and warm here(Scotland) all afternoon. The world has gone topsy turvy.

Herman G. Neuname, Tuesday, 3 July 2007 17:02 (thirteen years ago) link

i haven't read any reports saying 'wettest June since records began (not very long ago)' yet - what gives?

They haven't released the June data yet, but apparently (according to the Met Office) May was the wettest May since 1967 (in Britain, that is) and fourth wettest EVAH. Seeing as it rained from about 10 June onwards and half of South Yorkshire is at the bottom of the sea I reckon it's a pretty safe bet June will be a record breaker.

Nasty, Brutish & Short, Tuesday, 3 July 2007 17:15 (thirteen years ago) link

Whatever it was in Central London, it's over now, coz I can see sun.

I wonder if I should leave work now, and run for the train station as I forgot my umbrella and I know it won't last. I don't fancy getting caught in a hailstorm if it's only the eye of the storm. :-(

Masonic Boom, Tuesday, 3 July 2007 17:19 (thirteen years ago) link

TEH STORME RETURNS!

Nasty, Brutish & Short, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 13:23 (thirteen years ago) link

There was snow on the ground in Brixton as I went through on the bus. WTF?

Masonic Boom, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 13:26 (thirteen years ago) link

End times? Finally!

Masonic Boom, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 13:27 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm in Fitzrovia/ Bloomsbury and we have lumps of hail the size of small peas and thunder every twenty seconds or so.

I dunno how I missed this, I work near Piccadilly Circus and went home about 5:40 and it wasn't even raining. I get home and apparently I missed some huge hail storm - there were pictures from South London where there was so much hail on the ground it looked like snow.

Which is probably what Kate saw!

Colonel Poo, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 13:35 (thirteen years ago) link

It was early Christmas in Clapham last night, coming in on the 137; the hail-snow began about halfway up Queenstown Road and persisted until King's Avenue, at which stage it abruptly vanished, so the eye of the storm was obviously very narrowly concentrated. The Common looked pleasingly Christmas card-ish but the pedestrians didn't seem to be enjoying slipping and skidding their way along the pavements.

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 13:45 (thirteen years ago) link

monsoon season.

Alan, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 13:50 (thirteen years ago) link

Book your tickets now for the 2011 George Harrison Memorial Putney Heath Disaster Fund concert featuring Lily Allen, Elton John, Duran Duran and Ricky Gervais.

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 13:56 (thirteen years ago) link

my god this rain!

Ste, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 14:35 (thirteen years ago) link

my dog would say 'dud' as he cowered in his kennel

the sir weeze, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 15:30 (thirteen years ago) link

It's been sunny and nice and warm here(Scotland) all afternoon. The world has gone topsy turvy.

-- Herman G. Neuname, Tuesday, July 3, 2007 6:02 PM

Make that Central Scotland, since my mum's just emailed me a picture of a fucking TWISTER over Inverness yesterday.

ailsa, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 15:36 (thirteen years ago) link

Ugh, we're in year 2 (at least) of drought. You bastards quit taking our rain.

Rock Hardy, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 16:13 (thirteen years ago) link

Have some, really, we have an EU rain mountain to spare over here.

Anna, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 16:14 (thirteen years ago) link

After the thunderstorm had passed over SE19 last night, we got a lovely double rainbow with proper supernumerary arcs and that:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1422/708761699_eb61fb4a68.jpg

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 18:31 (thirteen years ago) link

Pouring (again) on the fourth of July.

I think I must have moved to Seattle and forgot.

Ms Misery, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 18:51 (thirteen years ago) link

It's all a promotional tie-in for the new Steve Carrell movie.

Oilyrags, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 19:11 (thirteen years ago) link

Glub glub glub hasn't rained yet here but cloudy all day with that kind of wind that promises to be carrying new weather with it.

Laurel, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 19:14 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

It's happening again!

the pinefox, Monday, 7 July 2008 16:22 (twelve years ago) link

BOTHALLCHORACTORSCHUMMINAROUNDGANSUMUMINARUMDRUMSTRUMTRUMINAHUMPTADUMPWAUL TOPOOFOOLOODERAMAUNSURNUP!

ledge, Monday, 7 July 2008 16:24 (twelve years ago) link

lol my friend wants me to go all the way across london to play football with him and mates this evening

Just got offed, Monday, 7 July 2008 16:25 (twelve years ago) link

eight months pass...

weirdest weather right now!

tehresa, Friday, 3 April 2009 17:42 (eleven years ago) link

four weeks pass...

short-lived, but fun for a minute back there

loaded forbear (gabbneb), Friday, 1 May 2009 20:47 (eleven years ago) link

i was abt to go out for a run looked outside and was all is it raining then like 10 seconds later water everywhere

p?nico (ice cr?m), Friday, 1 May 2009 20:50 (eleven years ago) link

yeah, we had like one flash and a really loud boom and pouring rain but it's settled now.

tehresa, Friday, 1 May 2009 20:50 (eleven years ago) link

me too, xp, cept i just looked out the window

loaded forbear (gabbneb), Friday, 1 May 2009 20:53 (eleven years ago) link

imna go running now :)

p?nico (ice cr?m), Friday, 1 May 2009 20:57 (eleven years ago) link

i am gonna get one in 10 min, with hail

erudite e-scholar (harbl), Friday, 1 May 2009 21:16 (eleven years ago) link

tornado siren. hmmmm.

erudite e-scholar (harbl), Friday, 1 May 2009 22:25 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

Christ on a bike.

(Woke up about twenty minutes back thanks to a *MASSIVE* blast that had to have been near overhead that sounded like a garbage truck exploding in a dumpster. Further blasts and rain followed.)

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 3 June 2009 09:33 (eleven years ago) link

Austin's been getting rumbly thunder and cloud-to-cloud lightning all night... fantastic.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Wednesday, 3 June 2009 09:39 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah I was driving over the Congress bridge about 11ish to get to graveyard shift and I looked west and saw the coolest yellow cloud-to-cloud stuff. If I hadn't been running late I would have stopped to take a photo.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 3 June 2009 09:41 (eleven years ago) link

had crazy cloud-to-cloud lightning last night, very unusual for Oregon.

sleeve, Wednesday, 3 June 2009 14:57 (eleven years ago) link

I was running late at Town Lake when I saw most of it! Was worried I wouldn't make back to my car before a deluge, but it never did actually rain on me.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Wednesday, 3 June 2009 15:30 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

IT IS THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW!!

James Mitchell, Thursday, 16 July 2009 22:34 (ten years ago) link

nine months pass...

holy fuck this thunder is loud

vike me down (dyao), Thursday, 6 May 2010 23:04 (ten years ago) link

but can you FEEL it?

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 6 May 2010 23:48 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

it's really thundering and raining here. i'm away from my house, but i left my box fan running in the window. i'm assuming it's getting wet. is this really dangerous or is the worst that's likely to happen is i ruin my fan? should i run home and turn it off even if it's inconvenient?

by another name (amateurist), Thursday, 9 June 2011 01:14 (nine years ago) link

might short and cause your fuse to trip?

british sb power (dayo), Thursday, 9 June 2011 01:17 (nine years ago) link

hmmm. maybe. i guess that itself wouldn't be the end of the world. i just don't want it to cause a fire or something... obv.

by another name (amateurist), Thursday, 9 June 2011 01:19 (nine years ago) link

seems like the worst possible outcome is 'electrical fire'

british sb power (dayo), Thursday, 9 June 2011 01:22 (nine years ago) link

but it's raining so that should put out the fire

british sb power (dayo), Thursday, 9 June 2011 01:22 (nine years ago) link

seems like the worst possible outcome is 'electrical fire'

― british sb power (dayo), Wednesday, June 8, 2011 8:22 PM (1 minute ago) Bookmark

aieeeeee

by another name (amateurist), Thursday, 9 June 2011 01:23 (nine years ago) link

maybe i'll go home.

by another name (amateurist), Thursday, 9 June 2011 01:23 (nine years ago) link

nine years pass...

A new world record lightning has been recorded! A World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has established two new world records for the longest reported distance and the longest reported duration for a single lightning flash. The longest lightning flash duration is now set at more than 16 seconds in Argentina, while the longest distance is set at more than 700 km (nearly 450 miles) in Brasil!

just trying to imagine what a 450 mile lightening flash that isn't on one of the gas giants, but here on this rock, looks like. jeez!

calzino, Monday, 29 June 2020 22:51 (one week ago) link

comma comma comma chameleon!

calzino, Monday, 29 June 2020 22:53 (one week ago) link

That's terrifying.

peace, man, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 12:43 (one week ago) link


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