posted on Jun, 4 2009 @ 01:25 PM
map of strikes
amazing picture slideshow
Even a veteran weather watcher and former Midswesterner was impressed with the lightning. Citrus Heights resident Joe Cronin, who retired from the
National Weather Service in Sacramento in 1993, worked for many years as a government meteorologist in Green Bay, Wis. He's seen his share of
thunderstorms here and in Wisconsin -- but last night was something to behold. "It was the most impressive display of lightning I have ever seen,"
Cronin said. "That storm was unique -- just so much lightning. Vivid displays. It was so extended. A lot of time in the Midwest you will have a cold
frontal passage with good, strong thunderstorms with it. But they move through. There was more lightning last night than I have ever seen before."
i spent summers in tempe, arizona when i was young...and i LOVED monsoon season. lightning is beautiful. i loved nothing more than dancing in the
hot summer rain watching the lightning listening to the thunder. i say this because, as the quote above, i have NEVER seen a thunderstorm like this.
the first one that blew through barely got us but we could see it going by with the lightning, we watched for a long time. then we went to sleep as
they said that was it for the night, as far as lightning...well it woke me from my sleep later.
i was trying to get some video of it but i was too scared to even go outside with the camera...in fact i was too scared to go out my front door.
thunder felt like it actually shook the ground and it definitely shook the walls and the windows. you could hear the storm coming and sometimes the
lightning was so immense that the whole sky just lit up and you couldn't see anything but light. it was just a constant stream of lightning and the
thunder didn't come just in booms, it was a constant rumble...with occasional booms of thunder. and i don't know if this is possible or common, but
i think i could actually hear electricity from the lightning it was so big and close. literally over head. scary stuff.
the reason i'm posting is, IS THIS NORMAL????
i don't ever remember storms like this in sacramento, this was even more fierce than the most violent monsoon i've seen in arizona.
though there was very little rain and in arizona it dumps.
also, the first storm was semi-close...close enough i think thunder should have been present, but no thunder...just lightning and a light wind.
i remember this sparked huge fires last year...and i thought the same thing...
uncharacteristic for this region and especially this time of year!
what could the uses be for causing these storms or would lightning be a by-product of some other meddling? Haarp? but why?