Summer Storm; Desert Style

We had a horrendous storm pass through. I’m used to getting warnings and alerts on my phone from my Weather Channel App that never pan out. The area we live in is notorious for fooling radar. This time, however, they were spot on.

It started with a warning for high winds of 60mph. I decided to secure my plants just in case. Over an hour later, and a series updated warnings, it was windy but nowhere near the speeds they were claiming. Looking at the clouds I decided it was moving away from us. Nate and I took his bubbles into the back yard and let the wind blow us bubbles.

Three hours after the initial warning it started to rain, barely more than a sprinkle. I went inside made some lamb meatballs for dinner and decided to chill. Nate had abandoned me a while back in favor of cartoons.

Pretty soon the lightening came. I decided that I wanted to try to take a pic with my iPhone. It was still quite a distance away so I felt I was safe. After many misses I caught this shot in the bottom left corner of a pic I was about to delete thinking it didn’t have lightening in it.

Notice how thin the line of electricity is? The lightening was clearly far away when I took this picture. As the rain picked up I started to play Diablo III while Nate abandoned his cartoons in favor of watching me play. Glancing out the window to check on the storm I saw this amazing view.

This is the western most edge of the storm. It stretched far enough east that you couldn’t see the end of it. By this point the winds had picked up and it was raining pretty heavy.

Another hour or so went by and since the rain was merely a drizzle I decided to let the dog out to do his business. Bill hates getting rained on. I swear instead of a Jack Russel I have a cat.

While waiting on him I decided to take more lightening pictures. It looked far away. Honestly, it did. It was the kind that shoots horizontally and lights up the sky but you never actually see the bolt.

It wasn’t nearly as far away as I thought. As soon as you saw the flash of this monster you heard the thunder; no counting seconds there. It shook so hard the car alarms in my neighborhood were triggered. Two of them shot through the sky within minutes of each other.

Bill was so startled he started barking. He’s not the type to bark at thunder. A dog on the other side of the street, yes. Thunder, no. The second time lightening ripped through the sky followed by thunder that had cars shaking I decided I’d rather have Bill pee on my stuff than risk us outside; especially since he was tied to a one of those twisty metal yard stakes.

At one point the lightening came so thick and fast it looked like strobe lighting.

The day after, however, you couldn’t even tell there had been a storm.

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About Marcia Young

I’m the wife of an NCO and the mother of one, home schooled, special needs child. I have won several people’s choice awards for my fanfiction under the moniker MLMonty. All of my current published works can be found via Smashwords and other retailers under my nom de plume Marcia Young. I am currently open to finding a new literary agent and publisher.
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3 Responses to Summer Storm; Desert Style

  1. Trying to get a lightening shot is pretty hard sometimes but you got one! Poor Bill. I know that little fella was scared. Reminds me of my Border Collie Freckles; he was scared to death of a thunderstorm and would park it on the bathroom floor. Every time! I could even tell a storm was coming, even if their were no indications, because he would be laying on the bathroom floor ~ prepared! 🙂

    • Marcia Young says:

      Poor Freckles! Bill isn’t normally afraid of storms but this was a big one. The day after the storm there were tons of missing dogs. The storms here can get pretty bad during monsoon season; lightening, wildfires, flooding, flash floods, high winds.

      I must have spent a good hour just snapping pics to see if I could capture a shot. That huge bolt was pretty easy seeing as it was practically on top of us! I almost deleted the other one since it was hidden in the bottom left of the shot. Blowing it up worked rather better than I thought it would.

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