I usually post the Saturday posts on Friday night, or Saturday morning, but on Friday night, it began to rain...and thunder, and there was lightning. No phones or computers with lightning; that's my rule.
It was radical thunder...the top 2 in our lives, and top one for Ds, he said. And, a lot of flashing lightning.
Uhura really freaked out, as if she didn't remember thunder. We don't actually have thunder very often, but still...
Then, around 3 in the morning, she jumped up from sleeping with me, as if she'd been plugged in, and leaped off to the floor. But, she vaulted off of my arm, putting 2 claws deep into my arm. The punctures/cuts are also wide.
So, I found myself up and cleaning & bandaging my arm at 3 A.M. Eventually, we slept.
The next morning it began again. It was already going to be a hot day, but the temperature dropped 35 degrees right before my eyes, and the thunder storm began again.
Ds had been out and stopped here until the storm passed.
If we thought that the thunder and lightning was bad last night, we were wrong. This was the most radical lightning that any of us have ever seen, and the most radical thunder, hands down, that we've ever heard.
We definitely couldn't talk over it, and once, a bolt of lightning moved horizontally, then forked, and turned the sky pink. Wow.
Eventually, it stopped, and very suddenly, as if it had never happened, and Ds took the small generator (ddil had texted him that their power was out.) and went home before it could begin again.
When he left, a fire chief truck was coming onto our road and stopped to ask it any of us had seen smoke, or was it fog. We hadn't seen smoke, but checked again, walking around the house 360 degrees.
As Ds drove home, Ds saw CalFire crews along the highway from our house to his. Apparently, spot fires had started from the lightning, which didn't surprise anyone. One fireman described the problem as playing Whack-a-Mole.
It was the weirdest storm. The fog was non-existant previous to the storm. And, you could watch a fog-mist rise from the trees once it stopped raining.
The fact that we even had a storm with this kind of lightning and thunder was weird in itself. I've been in pretty good t-storms before, but this took the cake. And, it spent a good portion of it's time right over us. There was almost no space between the lightning and thunder. Deafening.
Anyway, the fire danger sent chills up all of our spines, but the rain's been so needed. In N. California terms, 1/3 of an inch isn't a lot. In terms of how badly we needed rain, it was fantastic. I wish that we could have rain 3 or 4 times a week, sans lightning, maybe at night, all through the summer. But, I already don't see anymore predicted for the next 10 days. Darn.
So, I will post the 'Saturday' posts today.
I hope that everyone's safe from your own weather.
Here are a couple of excerpts from local papers:
'Northern California is currently experiencing a significant lightning event, and is continuing into this evening.
As of this writing, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest has received over 100 strikes. Nine fires have been confirmed, the largest of which is 2 acres. Resources have responded, or are currently responding, to these fires.'
Scanner traffic indicates that a lightning strike caused a solo vehicle on Highway 101 near the Willits Scales to drive off the road, into a power pole. The pole is now down and leaning against a tree.
The solo vehicle reportedly careened off the southbound side of the road near mile marker and multiple agencies are responding.
On Highway 20, two vehicles have reportedly collided head-on and first responders are being directed to that scene. A medevac has been requested to respond to the crash. The reporting party indicated a silver truck and a dark gray smaller sedan are involved in the collision and suggested there is a major injury associated with the crash.
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