Last Friday night we had a ‘heavy thunderstorm’, contrasting with the weather prediction of ‘thundershowers early in the day progressing to thunderstorms, moving to heavy thunderstorms in the evening’. I have been able to deduce that the difference between t’showers and t’storms is the amount and intensity of rain produced.
The heavy t’storm in the evening was magnificent. It began about 7pm and lasted for 2 hours or so. It was a spectuacular array involving much sheet lightning of moderate intensity and at regular intervals, so we sat down with hot drinks, turned the lights off, and enjoyed the show. At about 27 degrees, it definately was a tropical thunderstorm.
There were only 3 or so bolts of lightning that we could identify as bolts, and one of these lasted for a significant whole second or so as it earthed itself to something or other in the distance. Incidentally, all the buildings here have lightning rods.
We took a short video using our Canon digital camera to give you a bit of an idea of the thunderstorm. Remember that we’re in an apartment complex so there’s no sound from the rain hitting the roof, only the sound from the rain on the windows. Click here.