First let me say, I am sorry for those that this storm did damage to, I understand that there was two tornado’s, tree’s brought down and property heavily damaged and I can imagine that with that many lightning strikes there were new fires started as well, although with the rain, that had to have helped with some of the current fires.
To say that we were checking radar thoughout the day would be a understatement, and it was touch and go for a while on if it would hit us full on or pass us by, turns out it did both in a way, we where right in the middle of it and at the same time, two major cells passed on either side of us, this meant that we got the best possable outcome..
An hour of full steady pouring rain, followed up by five hours of steady soaking in rain, barrels filled and where moved to other jugs, buckets, and totes and filled again, the ground saoked it in, raither then it all running off.
We missed the heavy winds, the hail, and even the thunder and lightning never really got that close, never more then a three second count between the strikes.
Having said that, O my god the lightning, it was crazy, I can only remember one time in my childhood watching a lightening storm from a distance and it seemed like a nature’s fireworks show, or so my memory says but this, this was far to close and I am adult enough to understand the power of those bolts now..
I started counting between strikes, the farm had lightning coming on the left, behind and right for over an hour plus, and the strikes were coming so fast, that I could hardly get to five before another one came and sometimes they came in different parts of the sky less then one or two seconds apart, I tried to figure out the math on this and that works out to between 300 to 400 strikes in that hour alone, and we had lightning steady for around three hours, that’s just crazy!
The slew is wet, and a few low spots are holding water and the pond has a wet bottom but already by this morning, its all soaking in, they say we are going to have 3 days of heat and then possable rain for two more days, if that happens, we will see some major progress in the garden for sure.
Did you get hit by this storm? if so, did you come though ok? Have you ever seen lightning like that, that has lasted for a long time?