We have spent most of each day in the past week under severe thunderstorm watches and warnings. Mainly they all have amounted to nothing around here. That is, except for last Thursday night. We had our annual community picnic, on a very nice evening. It had been really hot and humid all day, and there was a cloud that was kind of building over top of us all afternoon, but it moved off to the south. So we had our picnic and baseball game, when suddenly it seemed the cloud was moving back towards us. Not too quickly, but it was gaining in strength and in the amount of lightning we could see.
The good thing about the cloud was that it made it darker sooner, so we could set the fireworks off a little earlier than we might have been able to on a clear night. Then everyone went home. Good thing, too, because all of a sudden the cloud was upon us. I, of course, took my camera out to the field to practice shooting lightning. When it started raining, I headed home, which turned out to be wise, since it suddenly got VERY windy and it poured and hailed a bit. In some places near us it hailed a lot. As in, they won’t have to worry about harvesting those fields. You would think a major storm would change the still, sticky weather we’ve had, but no. We are still under a thunderstorm watch every day.