I was slightly disappointed in our thunderstorms on Friday. Sure, there was a lot of rain. I do mean a lot, like pair ’em up, Noah rain. And there was a little wind, although not so much it was raining sideways. Of course there was the requisite thunder and lightning, but all in all I was still upset.
As someone who likes to go outside and risk life and limb (okay maybe not limb, just life?) taking storm photos, this storm was about as photogenic as that fat guy they had to cut out of his house when he topped 850pounds. Imagine that guy in a speedo. That’s how unphotogenic this storm was. The sky was completely covered in a solid layer of uniform grayness, showing absolutely no storm structure at all. It was also full of mist, for it had been raining on and off all day.
Sure, there were a few impressive lightning strikes but nothing I could capture. They were coming from any direction, at spaced-out intervals not suitable to really be able to predict. During a good storm I can point the camera in one direction and generally be able to figure out, for example, the area I’m looking at might produce a strike every 20 seconds. Clouds almost seem to talk to each other sometimes. One cell will produce lightning, then a few seconds later the other will. Its very impressive when you can get out from under it and see what’s going on.
But, the storms Friday sucked for this. I wound up with a half dozen images showing semi-lit pines, but that was all.
At least we didn’t lose power.
Until 12:42 in the morning.
The storms came and went and came and went, and we were okay until then, Zap! No lights.
At 6:30 the next morning we were all up, and I fired up the generator. I love that thing. With no TV to speak of, because the cable was out, all we had was the fridge and the last vestiges of hot water in the tank. We went to Myrtle Beach for the day. That’s another story.
At least when we got home, it was determined that the power came back on around two hours after we left. The Cable is still out, and knowing the cable company is not nearly as efficient as the power people, I expect to have cable back sometime in the next two weeks, between 1 and 4 pm.