Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Culebra's stormy weather

I'm not sure what the day will look like when dawn finally breaks but I think everyone is ready for some sunshine after yesterday's stretched out series of squally weather. If you look at this loop QUICKLY but carefully, you see the first wave, which was full of thunder and lightning and rain but not a ton of rain, just enough to let you know you could most likely curl up with a book and a cup of tea and not have to rush off anywhere real fast. Then the big blob followed. Far off thunder, occasional rain, coolness  in the air for the most part. Not bad to do some work in. 

 Sorry I can't slow this down, but I'm not that techy

And it seemed to be over. But look there! Right at the end! Right when we thought it was safe to head toward a quiet bedtime. That very intense, angry red, that goes right over Culebra, booming and flashing and scaring all of the animals, but I was sort of stuck downstairs with one and hoped the others had each  other for comfort because I was not, nope I wasn't, going out when lightning was doing an up close and personal tango with thunder in a cha cha BOOM beat.

Being a Florida girl, I both love a good storm and have a very healthy respect for lightning. 

Lightning is the #1 weather killer in Florida - more than all other weather deaths combined!

Florida leads the U.S. in lightning deaths, injuries, and casualties

And where I grew up, in Brevard county? Highest rate of deaths and injuries from lightning in the state. So, while truthfully, a good electrical storm, a fairly unusual event around here, is pretty thrilling to me, it's thrilling like I would imagine seeing a silverback gorilla in the wild would be. Enjoy the show but keep your distance. At least, that's how I think I'd act. I might just run up to embrace its intense beauty, losing all sense of caution in crazy joy. Or maybe not. 

But I won't run out in a lightning storm. When I used to sail a lot, it was one of the few times I felt pretty strong discomfort, as in 'What the HELL am I doing here, standing next to a metal pole, surrounding by metal wiring, in the middle of the ocean, the tallest thing around?' I still don't have a real good answer for that, except...it sure was fun! Well, it was fun after the sensation of wanting to relieve my bladder without going to the proper facilities passed with the storm.

Here is a little bit of the end of the storm last night, from House Sitting Hill:

Have a terrific Tuesday! Do something tranquil.

p.s. the sun is out


  1. We had some rain last week. And thunder and lightning.

  2. I know so little about the Cayman Islands...is it unusual to have lightning with rain there?

  3. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/28/lightning-kills-more-men_n_885956.html

  4. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/28/lightning-kills-more-men_n_885956.html

  5. Not surprising...golfing, I bet that's the highest one. Silly men!