April 24th, 2015

laszlo moholy-nagy_chx


The thunderstorm has finally ended. The severe weather advisory I heard a bit before eight o'clock yesterday evening said it was in effect until half past eight, but at that time the storm was just getting good around here. For about half an hour the flashing of lighting was almost constant, and the rumble of thunder was constant.

Standing in the intermittent dark on my back porch I imagined the scene I was witnessing as the ghost of cities being destroyed by the ghosts of bombs. One flash after another raised brief bright domes, the collapse of each being followed by an intensification of the constant rumble that filled the night. And there was actual rain, which continued even after the lightning had moved southeast and the rumble had diminished and grown intermittent again.

Although there were a few lightning strikes quite near, almost all of them were farther south, in the valley or the lower foothills. If the rain was as constant there as it was here then I doubt any fires that got started in the brush would have remained alight for long. But it was long after midnight when the lightning was no longer flashing, and only then did the rain slow and cease and the night grow silent again, except for the dripping of residual raindrops that had been trapped in the foliage of the trees. Altogether it was one of the most spectacular electrical storms I've ever seen, but I was a bit disappointed that it didn't bring me so much as a single hailstone.

But what the hell. You can't have everything, and I did get my plants watered for free— and with no more disruption of electrical service than an occasional flicker of the lights. I'd say we got off easy, considering how much power must have been released by all that lightning. Of course I haven't heard any reports on possible damage to crops in the valley yet, and there is always some chance of fires getting started even in the rain, so I'll have to wait until tomorrow to be sure just how lucky we were.

I kind of miss it now, though. It was quite invigorating.
caillebotte_man at his window


A cool, overcast day has brought an evening full of light drizzle. It's nice to have more rain, however sparse. I don't think this storm is supposed to bring any thunder and lightning, which is just as well. I don't want to have to unplug all my electronic stuff again so soon.

One consequence of yesterday's dramatic storm was that I didn't get to sleep until after dawn, and then didn't wake up until almost noon. Staying up late was worth it, though, because the early morning brought a thin fog. We don't get fog here very often, and even a thin fog is a nice change.

The walnut tree is getting its first tiny leaves of the year. It will soon be blocking most of my view to the southeast, but once the hot weather arrives the shade will be welcome, and well worth giving up the view for.

I didn't get to the store today, nor did I get a nap, and the lack of sleep is making me a bit groggy. I must go eat something before I'm too tired to cook. It will probably be just a grilled cheese sandwich and maybe some soup. Anything more complex would be beyond the capacity of my sleep-deprived head. Too much excitement lately.