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18 July 2007 @ 11:30 pm
 
I love storms. Thunderstorms, wind storms*, blizzards, nor'easters, cloudbursts... good stuff, that.

But...

I awoke this morning to a burgeoning thunderstorm. Power cut out halfway through my shower, then - thankfully! - popped back on long enough for me to rinse my hair and get the hell out of the tub. As I headed out to work, the skies really opened up (I learned later that in the space of an hour, there was approx. 3" of rainfall). Visibility was sucky. Yes, the rain was falling in sheets, and yes, it was early morning, but there was also just this... gloom. Murk, even. It was difficult to penetrate.

Worst moment: driving in NJ along Rte. 17. I stayed in the far left lane; no one was driving all that fast. In the left lane, I could still see a defining line AND I managed to avoid those who had to merge into the far right lane. Only, there was so much standing water on the road that it grabbed at one's wheels and frelled with steering. I hit a rather substantial pool of water round about Ramsey. Between the aforementioned murk, the falling rain and the tug of the water against the wheels, I was thouroughly disoriented. I knew I was moving forward - and sideways - but I couldn't see a damned thing. There is a Jersey barrier running the length of Rte. 17 between the northe and southbound sides... I knew it was close, and there was every chance I might slam into it. Very Bad. Made it through that and moved into the middle lane.

So. Got to the B&N parking lot (yay! safety! sweet, sweet safety!) and parked in my usual spot near one of the lightposts. I sat in my car, listening to the pounding rain upon my roof and reading HPB. All of a sudden, there was a tremendous burst of sound. It resonated in my chest; the book shuddered in my hands. As I looked up (whilst uttering a Very Girly Shriek; don't tell anyone, okay?) everything turned Cerenkov blue, and from a lampost across the street there was a shower - nay, a FOUNTAIN - of white hot sparks.

Closest I've ever been to a lightning strike. Never need to top that record, thanks.







*"Wild nights are my glory!" :)
 
 
I feel: shocked shaken
 
 
 
Aifacat: Wuh?aifacat on July 19th, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)
Seriously! I was doing a gig at a family reunion under the food serving tent in the back yard and the loudest, quickest thunder/lightning I'd ever heard went off, to which I screamed bloody murder and pretty much shot out everyone's eardrums in the near vicinity.

Turned out that lightning had struck in the back yard of the next door neighbor. *shudder*
Fjordhopperfjordhopper on July 19th, 2007 09:46 am (UTC)
That is scary! I get somewhat un-nerved by close lightning strikes, so I can relate.
The rain this summer has been totally out of control, it doesn't seem to just rain, but torrentially downpour. When I drove to the city last week on weds. I drove through terrible rain, and the triborough bridge had around 18" of water on it....I was thankful that I had an suv, I don't know how I would have handled it in a normal car.
wench18wench18 on July 19th, 2007 10:51 am (UTC)
Wild Nights Are My Glory
Excellent quote! And most true! Wild stormy nights are fantastic!

But NOT driving in them. *shudder*

Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on July 19th, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC)
Glad you made it safely
It's scary driving in rain like that. Twice in my life I've found myself with rain coming down so thick and dense, (during the day) that I could barely see, driving even 5 mph seemed unsafe. Both times I pulled off at the first availailable spot to park and wait for the rain to subside until visibility returned to safe levels.

I tend to pet my car affectionately on the dashboard and praise it aloud when it gets me somewhere safely under trying circumstances. Hey, it can't hurt. :)

Kelladyjoust on July 24th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
Re: Glad you made it safely
I tend to pet my car affectionately on the dashboard and praise it aloud when it gets me somewhere safely under trying circumstances. Hey, it can't hurt. :)

I do that, too. My Moya responds to praise and encouragement; it's part of the reason she's still chugging along.
Artimis Lebeauartimis_lebeau on July 19th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
Glad you made the drive OK, and very glad you were not the light post.
It must have been an absolutely amazing show of sparks and lights, hopefully a once in a lifetime event.

It was not a girly shriek, it was a banshee war scream.... there is a difference, although the two sound very much alike ;)
Peregrinejperegrine on July 19th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
I've been fairly close to a couple of tornados and been right next to a transformer when it sparked and died. It's been a good 12-13 years since I was close to any sort of lightning strike. On the faire grounds at Scarborough. During the chess match. I remember the fight director yelling "RUN!!!"

By the way, great quote from Madeleine L'Engle. I loved that book.
Kel: fairy tale loveladyjoust on July 24th, 2007 12:17 am (UTC)
By the way, great quote from Madeleine L'Engle. I loved that book.

Thanks! I love it, too.
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on July 20th, 2007 01:15 am (UTC)
And I'll say "Wow"......

That was close.

The only time I remember lightning getting that close was the first time I attended fair in 2000. That night when I was home, lightning struck the house. It fried the computer and the back door bell was ringing non-stop. I had to cut the wire to make it stop.

Andrewquueer on July 20th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
That's crazy scary.

I'm just now getting used to thunderstorms - we had VERY few growing up in los angeles. MAYBE one a year.