Thursday, July 12, 2012

SkyWatch - Just a Little Weather


Late today, we were hit by the biggest electrical storm of the year.

A little bit of this


and a little bit of that,



resulted in a new out-door shower!


The storm, with pelting rain and hail, hit directly above us.
Within minutes, not only the power was out but our daughter's
house took a direct hit to the chimney.

Massive bolts of lightning are frightening at any time but
being locked in a Faraday cage can be just as unnerving.
Water being an excellent conductor, the electricity from the
lightning is conducted into the ground down the wet walls.
Although one is safe inside and thank goodness the cats
and dogs were as well, the sensation is to say the least,
eerie.

Luckily, the power was restored after 5 hours but too late
for a hot meal. A sandwich by candlelight was all we managed
to rustle up.

Hope you are all keeping safe!

31 comments:

  1. Hope you are keeping well amid all the variety of weather.I think of you frequently and whisper a prayer for you.

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  2. Your skies look remarkably like ours did just a few days ago! Love the wall of water! Hope you have a peaceful weekend! Enjoy!

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  3. oh, dear! the lightning strike sounds terrible! but the rain looks wonderful!

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  4. Hi Arija...I learned to respect the power of storms like this at a very young age!!
    There was a light in the kitchen that glowed like it had been turned on during bad storm!!
    So glad that all are safe during that "Just a Little Weather" ; }
    Grace

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  5. Glad you're OK!! You have the most incredible experiences. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  6. Sounds like an awful storm. The "waterfall" is an amazing shot. I glad you and your family were Ok.

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  7. What a dramatic twist to our pleasant afternoon ... It came out of no-where! I think you were harder hit than here in the gully.
    I'm sure you were pleased to have your power restored ... 5 hours is a long time between tea breaks.

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  8. Definitely unnerving! Glad there wasn't damage from the lighting strike and your power was restored quickly. I love that first shot--just a beautiful scene.

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  9. There have been some really horrific storms on this planet of late...glad you are OK..hugs..

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  10. That electrical storm was nasty. Heard on the news last night about the 14 year old struck by lightening at Kensington, now on a ventilator. My prayers go out to him and his family.
    Glad you and yours are O.K Arija.

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  11. I am glad to know you are all safe. There have been some terrific storms world wide lately, ours just this morning with continuous flashes of lightning, thunder, flash flooding and hail during the wee hours of the morning and running into the rush hour commute. It was quite the show!

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  12. Oh my gosh! So scary and I had some things to say but i saw your photograph in a bathing suit when you were 17 and I was so overcome with joy and tenderness for you my dearest beloved friend! Thank you for your wonderful, inspiring, poignant yet uplifting comment on Skye's blog. I miss you. I am so sorry. I have not been myself since my sister passed away. I am growing accustomed to the sadness. Take care my dearest Arija. Tsup!

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  13. By the way, we had thunderstorms and lightning here today and our backyard flooded. All these happened while new furniture were being delivered.

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  14. Beautifully captured sky!

    Fire in the Sky
    Have a great weekend.

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  15. Wow!Hail storm and lightning can be very dangerous.

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  16. Wow! That sounds like a powerful storm! We've had heaps of rain, but we're being warned here on the peninsula to expect hail and storm tomorrow (Saturday! The rain just never seems to end! It's incredible! Your wall of water reminds me of our "overwatered" verandah! Great photos!

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  17. Oi, that is very wild and very scary.
    Glad you came out of it OK.

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  18. So glad that you are all safe and that must have been frightening, though the images are beautiful. We have very bad electrical storms many times throughout the year here and they are always very frightening too, especially if tornado warning sirens go off. We are in the beginning of a long drought season, now I am afraid, we could do with some storms. Hugs~

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  19. Aaaawww!!! I wish I am in front of you because I want to give you a hug and a kiss right now. Please take care of yourself as well. Copacetic is a word I will take, I am not even longing for excitement. Ah, please rest yourself too, sometimes? And no need to write comments. I just want to say hello and let you know that I think of you. I love you my dearest Arija! Tsup!

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  20. Hi there - I wonder if is where the inspiration for the "Waterwall' at the gallery in St. Kilda Rd. came from! When it rains like that it really does rain!

    Thanks for the comments - we have been in North Queensland for a week - so all posts were set up before I left. And no real internet, so I just stopped looking for a week! A wet week was had by all - but I did see some good stuff; pictures to follow

    Stewart M

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  21. wow, great skies in australia-never been to your country. we have rain today in the so. utah desert...

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  22. ps thanks for visiting and commenting on my skywatch blog

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  23. Those storms can be frightening, especially when they're right overhead. Glad you emerged unscathed! thanks for visiting my swf!

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  24. I hate when that happens! Especially when we used to travel in the RV --very scary. The wall of water picture is lovely though.

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  25. Wow, that's scary. If your house is hit by lightning you should call the fire department because it can start a fire that smoulders for hours before igniting. We usually have storms like this regularly in the summer.

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  26. Oh my Arija. I'm so glad you are OK. Those storms can come up so quickly. We got a wee storm this morning with the lightning off to the North, we got just a trace of much needed rain. Take care. {{HUGS}}

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  27. whoa, that sounds intense to say the least!!!!! so glad you are all safe!

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  28. Arija, what a downpour! I am glad that you are okay! T-storms are expected here later today!

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