We don't really have a weather forum here, so I guess I'll just put this one here.
Last night we had some thunderstorms roll through. Wasn't too bad around us, but I guess it got pretty bad further east. When I got home from work I
could see these really nasty looking clouds off to the east. It had rained some, but the storms had passed. As happens periodically during unsettled
weather out here, the storms circled around and came back west. Again, nothing major, but we got some pretty heavy rains out of Round #2. A little
bit of thunder and lightning and then things gradually moved on to the east, this time seemingly for good. The weather calmed down and it was a
pretty nice evening.
Much later around midnight my wife and I were sound asleep in bed when all of a sudden there was this incredible clap of thunder. Just a single clap,
and it sounded like an atomic warhead going off right next to the house! I've never heard thunder this loud in all my life! It was so loud I thought
it was going to break the windows in the house! Both dogs dove on the bed (well, one tried to dive under the bed, bonked its head, then jumped up on
the bed). Both dogs were completely freaked out. Outside, I could hear all of our cattle bolting across the pastures the loafing sheds for cover.
It was just a single boom, out of the blue, and then everything was calm.
I've never heard anything like that before. And when I say it was "LOUD", this doesn't even
begin to cover it! Both the wife unit and I
instantly woke up and commented ... "WOW!! HOLY CRAP!!
It was like a huge multi-hour thunderstorm released all of its thunder in a single
It was dark out so I couldn't really see anything unusual outside, but I got to wondering if there is some sort of a weather phenomenon like a
'super-cell' thunderstorm which is just a rogue cloud which just cuts loose with all its fury in a single instance?
In retrospect, it really was pretty cool, but it sure scared the hell out of the animals (and startled the crap out of us).
Anyone ever experience anything like this?
Anyone know the science behind it?
I mean, spring thunderstorms on the plains are a pretty common occurrence, but never experienced anything quite like that one.
edit on 5/7/2019
by Flyingclaydisk because: Changed the title so it didn't read like a giant STD.