We woke up to some pretty loud thunder claps o’dark early this morning. Fell back asleep, woke up again to the noisy beasts at around six o’clock. We had quite a light show, there were strikes all around us and passing torrential down pours, thank God because I hate thunderstorms with out any rain. Yes, I live in California, land of the four seasons… floods, fires, earthquakes and riots. Well actually where I live we really only get fires and earthquakes but we’re part of the grander “California” scheme, unfortunately you can’t divorce a state. But that’s another story for another time and I’m rambling. So, this is what the sky looked like when I stepped out.
Okay, so you very brave souls who live in the midwest, does this look ominous to you or am I a sissy?
Alright, I’m a sissy but it sure was a weird sky. You can’t deny that and we aren’t used to all these swirly patterns and such around here. If we get a thunderstorm it is normally black and flat, not swirls within swirls.
Of course my poor dogs were shuddering, whimpering, panting and trying to find any place where they could get out of earshot of the claps. They hate thunderstorms or gun shots and are always tripping me up when I try to walk around.
Abby, my real dog did pretty good until the storm moved right over head and it made our house rattle. Then she headed for the barn and stayed there for quite some time. I would have headed for Jamaica but couldn’t catch a flight.
See that patch of blur over there on the right? That’s a torrential downpour right over my hubby’s shop.
Light coming through the clouds but this storm hasn’t had her last laugh. Nope, not at all. She kept it up until around 10:30 am and then finally let us have a bit of peace though there were some aftershocks here and there, low rumblings far away.
Hubby felt the urge to go check his shop because he owns some pretty spendy machinery and wanted to check it out. Oh, and some spendy software on his computers such as Solidworks… yeah a CAD system that will break your bank, and mine, and my neighbors. The above is what we found at the entrance of the Industrial Complex.
This poor tree wasthe size of it’s friendly neighbor to the right. It was beautiful ponderosa pine and not to be gruesome or anything but lawsie did it smell good!
Here’s the split with the blackened exit wound. This tree was completely split down the middle, the bark was peeled off of the tree and the peel was around 1.5′ wide. Impressive is all I can say. That was some bolt of lightning and we’re just glad it didn’t hit the shop.
Here’s the entrance with my truck there for scale. The tree was literally blown to bits. See those larger chunks in the ditch to the right of my truck? They’re around a half a foot in diameter and from 6′ to 8′ in length!
This is a piece of tree skin. It was small but it had brothers and sisters strewn from here to Kingdom Come. That skin is so smooth too, nothing like if you did it by hand. That lightning has a way of talking to trees.
But we survived, the shop is in one piece and our computers are okay. We did have a couple of surge protectors that did their duty and sacrificed their souls for the computers but they lived good long lives and will be replaced with a new generation. My horses are great, they didn’t even really react. I couldn’t believe it. Abby came back from the barn and our other two are back to breathing normal. Now it’s a beautiful muggy day.