posted on Jul, 12 2007 @ 12:22 PM
So, yesterday, I'm bringing one of our dogs home from a visit to the vet, when I drive through this horrific storm. It's one of those situations
where my tiny little car is hydroplaning down the road, the sky and road have become the same blurred shade of gray, and the visibility is so poor I
can no longer even see the lane-lines on the road's surface. I'm desperately trying to keep control of the car, and I've got my eyes, unblinking,
glued to what I can only presume is the center of the road. Visual - The lightning was remarkably small. Staring at lightning far away, you'd think "Golly, it must be HUGE up close", but it's
not. There was a ball about the size of my fist in the middle, and two arcs of perhaps finger-wide thickness going up and down from the ball to the
ground and up to the sky (presumably), with a few strands of thinner, string-width lightning coming off of it. The interior of the lightning was
bright bright purple, about the same shade as Mace Windu's light-saber, but along the exterior edges, it was an angry glowing red. Sorta like if you
could get a light to glow the same color as a Boston red-brick. Dark red, with its own seperate glow.
Lightning strikes--about five feet in front of my car.
My eyes were perfectly positioned to watch the bolt appear and, I kid you not, literally blow up the road in front of me. It was so close that chunks
exploding outward from the initial blast exploded outward and hit the car, cracking the windshield, and leaving molten asphalt on the hood. At roughly
the same moment the chunks hit my car, I hit the crater left by the lightning, but at 60mph, I bounced right back out of it.
I'm not sure how, but I kept control of the car and my bladder (the dog did not, not that I blame her), and now blinded the flash (not that I could
have seen through the rain anyway), hydroplaning, wheel wobbling, and generally out of control, I sorta reverted back to something I learned in
I recited the Lord's Prayer. You know the one, "Our Father, who art in Heaven..."
Those who know me well on ATS know I'm not a Christian, but I was raised as one, and my beef was never with God, but rather the community itself. In
times like this, though, I guess you just fall back on what you know.
Anyway, a few seconds after I finished, the ghost image of the lightning faded, the rain stopped, the clouds parted, the road dried out, the car
straightened out, and the traffic even lightened up (in the middle of rush hour about 6pm). I've got some trouble shifting into third gear, but aside
from that, I survived what probably would have otherwise been a killer stroke of bad luck.
I'm going to try and drive out there again today and get photos of the crater if its still there. I know roughly where I was. Anyone familiar with
the DFW area, it was on 35W, southbound, in the right-hand lane, about halfway between Denton and Texas Motorcross Speedway, on 7/11/2007, between
5:45-6:15 (not sure, because the eyes were glued to the road at the time, and afterward I was in too much shock to do much of anything except
Anyway... three distinct observations I've gained from this:
Audio - There wasn't a rolling crackle, like I usually hear from lightning far away, but rather more like a "BzzPOP!!!!Bzzzzt..." I
don't know if the POP came from the ball or from the exploding freeway. The sound, though, was remarkably muted. It was loud, about the same DBs as a
black powder rifle (sorry, it's the most apt description I can think of), but not the Earth-shattering boom I normally hear from farther away. So I
don't know if this was due to the doppler effect of my approaching the lightning bolt at such a speed from so close, or if thunderclaps need some
space before they produce a sonic boom, or if my brain shut down the ears automatically in anticipation of the boom and it was actually that loud, or
Prayer - Ironically, because I'd just listened to ATSMix earlier in the afternoon, I'd stumbled across a thread where a guy said he'd
eat his hat if someone could dispute 50 arguments against the existence of God. Since they switched threads again rather quick, I only had time to
read the first 1 out of 50 arguments, which basically requested the challengee to pray, and see if anything happens. Well I did, and it worked. Really
really incredibly well, and it almost certainly saved my life. Call it what you will, the number of factors necessary for that many coincidences, in
that close of a timeframe, are too astronomical for me to dismiss as mere accident of fate. Call it God, Magic, Energy, TK, or whatever, but it
worked, and I'd go so far as to call it a miracle.
Anyway, I thought I'd share this experience. I'm going to try and get some photos and/or video as soon as I get off work. Obviously I can't capture
footage of the lightning itself, but I can try to show the after-effects.