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Originally posted by CLPrime
My mother and I just got back from a walk. We often take walks at night, so we've seen many strange things (nothing unexplainable...just really strange). But, we've never experienced anything like this. I'm certainly not suggesting it's out of the ordinary...it's just out of the ordinary for us. So, with that in mind....
We were walking down the road, and the wind was blowing at us, from the south-west. It was relatively warm - about 17 degrees (or 63, for you American folk). The stars were out, and there were no clouds in sight.
On our way back, we were talking about random stuff, when, suddenly, we were interrupted by the wind changing direction. It started coming out of the north-east. There was also a thin line of clouds coming from the north. And, then, it got very cold... probably less than 10 degrees (50 F), in a matter of a couple seconds. It actually managed to give me goosebumps.
That in and of itself wouldn't have been overly weird. However, as the line of clouds passed overhead, we noticed that there was lightning coming from it. What was strange was the sudden drop in temperature apparently brought on by clouds producing lightning (no thunder, though...ironically, what's typically called "heat lightning").
As the clouds moved on (after about a minute), it got warm again and the wind shifted back to the south-west.
Also, I want to add that, when I say a thin line of clouds, I mean clouds that were barely thick enough to block the stars. It was a line probably a few miles long and just a mile or two wide...maybe the size of the island I live on. The lightning was pretty active, though.
So, we thought it was a little unusual.
Originally posted by CLPrime
reply to post by jude11
That's what it's been like here for the past few days. We haven't had it rain that hard, but, just today, I was getting ready to open the building doors , 'cause the sun was coming out, when I looked out and it was pouring. My parents were away, and they called to see what it was like here, and I told them it was pouring. By the time they got home, the sun was coming out again.
I suppose, this is the Maritimes. If you don't like the weather....
Originally posted by OzWeatherman
reply to post by CLPrime
A sudden drop of that magnitude actually is quite common with approaching cold fronts, particularly in summer months. And how sure are you that it dropped that much? Do you carry a thermometer on you, lol.
When I was training for my job, we actually witnessed a 6 degree celsisu drop in 6 minutes with an approaching cold front. Eventually the temperature dropped from 38 to 16 degrees in 2 hours!!! Its not common but its certainly possible, and is very frequent with frontal systems that are preceded by storms