“No rain but thunder, and the sound of giants.”

Last night we had the best rainstorm complete with thunder right over my house and lightning bolts striking in the sky above my backyard. One clap of thunder made Gracie and me jump as it was both unexpected and close. The rain pelted the roof and windows. It was so loud I had to turn up the sound on the TV. At one point, around 10:30, the rain stopped so I raced to take Gracie outside. The rain started again only minutes after we had gotten back inside. The drops were so heavy and loud they were the only sounds I could hear. I figured it was serendipity the rain stopped for just that small while. Gracie lasted the rest of the night and into the morning.

I’ve nothing on my to-do list for today. The roads will be filled as Saturday is turn-over day at cottages, and tourists will be looking for something to keep kids busy on a dark day, on a no beach day. Board games can only work for so long.

The remnants of the storm are a gray sky and high humidity, the sort of humidity my father used to say you can cut with a knife. The small breeze does nothing to change the close, damp air. We won’t see the sun until tomorrow.

I remember when I was a kid and the thunder and lightning kept me inside. I’d take a book and find a quiet place to read. Sometimes it was in my room because everyone else was downstairs watching TV. It was dark enough I needed a light to read by, the light on the headboard behind me. It seemed to shine only on me and the pages of my book. I felt safe and cozy.

Thunder never scared me even when I was a kid. I remember being told thunder was angels bowling in heaven. I also remember reading Rip Van Winkle’s thunder was the men in the mountains, Henry Hudson’s crew, playing nine-pins. Either way, it was just bowling.

I love lightning, jagged and bright in the sky. One lightning bolt hit the ground right in front of my house in Ghana. It was magnificent. I’ve never seen the like.

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4 Comments on ““No rain but thunder, and the sound of giants.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    WE had thunder to the east and west of us but only the rain came to us. I wasn’t that lucky with the rain as You were, it started to pour down half way home and I still haven’t dried up 🙂

    I’ve always liked thunder but is more careful since the lightning hit us two years ago. One of the houses here had its electric cabinet blown to pieces and the lights to my aquarium exploded 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I could hear the rolling thunder then it was right over my head. It lasted a long time. I was delighted.

      Lightning struck the church steeple not far from me during a storm a while back. The steeple was destroyed. They are ready to put the new one on. I hope they have a lot of lightning rods.

      Have a great day!

  2. flyboybob Says:

    We have had a chance of thunderstorms in the forecast all week. They have occurred in the morning, afternoon and nighttime. They are nature’s method of rebalancing the temperature and moisture differentials in the atmosphere. They can be very destructive including high winds, hail, tornadoes and flooding rains. We live at the southwestern edge of tornado alley and we take the threat of sever weather very seriously.

    Although global warming can’t possibly be an explanation, this August, as well as the entire summer, has been unusually cool and wet. 🙂

    I’m glad you had such a wonderful 70th birthday with your sisters. There’s nothing quite like a Lobster roll made fresh in a New England costal restaurant.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      They predicted rain but the thunder and lightning were a surprise, a wonderful surprise. We have a bit of flooding in heavy rains mostly on roads beside the ocean.

      We had less rainfall the first couple of weeks of August but we have already had above average this week. I figure it will all even out.

      Every bit of seafood they make at that restaurant is delicious. The lobster roll is overflowing with lobster. Even the cole slaw is delicious. It was fun watching the boats go up and down the channel to and from the marina.


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