Mother Nature’s Dance

I am sorry I didn’t post last night.
I am sorry I didn’t post last night.
I am sorry I didn’t post last night.
A. and V. and Vernon and I were caught up in a dance with Mother Nature last night.
We had a little too much of this going on…
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Just at sundown, the storm was approaching…
Since A. and V. are not used to lightning storms in New Zealand…
they have them – just not like this!…
We drove to the top of the hill <of course> and took photos.
What ELSE do you do???
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My camera was set to a two second exposure…
so the shake comes from lightning that lasted the entire time…
I had my camera resting on my car window…
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We finally started to get a little nervous…
It was a slow moving storm…
But we began to hear the thunder just a little closer…
So we returned to my house…
Stood under my tall cottonwoods for JUST A BIT MORE…
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This bolt is right over the familiar rimrock notch…
Soon spatters of rain began and we headed inside.
The spatters transformed into pea sized hail whitening my grass in the pitiful*by*comparison glow of my porch light.
Lightning crept ever closer.
Thunder switched from deep-throated rumbles to intense cracking.
Nothing like this is unusual here…
but it was EXTREMELY slow moving…
Rainwater POURED off my roof…
I lit a candle in preparation of losing electricity…
I unplugged my computer finally (after checking the local radar)…
SUDDENLY  a bzzzzzzzpop sounded in my living room next to where A. was standing!
She jumped.
We all jumped!
My airconditioner stopped working…
We figured it was a goner.
We sniffed around looking for smoke, fire… but… nothing much past the initial whiff.
The storm continued…
It gradually left here and we again got in the car…
A neighbor’s shop burned down two weeks ago due to a lightning strike, so we were off to look for fires and flooding.
My road was washed badly…
The creek hadn’t risen yet…
Leaves and limbs littered my lawn…
We spotted a juniper tree burning up high on Cogdill’s ridge…
in an inaccessible spot…
We trusted to the rain to put it out…
With everything as secure as we could tell we returned home…
Still raining…
But before I went to bed, I prepared to write this post…
Wait a minute!
No internet!
What????
Ah… no phone either.
No post was going to happen last night!
This morning the phone company showed up…
Lightning had evidently traveled along our copper wire…
popped some fuses and some other boxy type device thingybob in my phone box attached to my house…
plus it fried my modem!
So I apologize for that, but this time you’ll have to send complaints to Mother Nature.
It was her show.
Johnny measured an inch and 2/3 worth of moisture.
WOW!
My best lightning photo I’m saving for Wednesday…
come on back!

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