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Pennwoman  (Level: 152.3 - Posts: 2478)
Thu, 18th Jun '09 11:26 AM


Yesterday evening, the entire southwestern Pennsylvania area was blanketed by severe thunderstorms including tornado warnings, severe enough that the local ABC, CBS and NBC stations broadcast weather coverage over scheduled programs. As I watched the coverage, It was amazing, seeing the reports of lightning, the astonishing height of the weather system -- one weather guy, said in all his years, he had never seen a storm with the sheer height this one had. Places got as much as 1 1/2 inches of rain, in half an hour.
As I watched the radar, and then just went outside to watch the storm approach, I could see the huge black clouds, lightning striking every few seconds and felt the wind pick up. I watched the storm come close, the thunder increased and lightning made the sky seem like daytime. Then, I watched the storm, move off, away from me. I glanced to my left, towards the back acre of my yard and there I saw hundreds and hundreds of fireflies..... the most I have ever seen in my life. It made me just feel so small and yet so wonderful. This morning, I am still awed by the majesty of nature in general!

Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6648)
Thu, 18th Jun '09 12:20 PM

that sounds beautiful.

Lodi  (Level: 96.1 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 18th Jun '09 12:20 PM

I have never seen fireflies but I've always wanted to. Did you take a picture?

Ever see the funniest home video where the toddler puts a firefly in her mouth and her mouth lights up?

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Thu, 18th Jun '09 1:54 PM

I have friends who moved to Texas from California and said they had never seen lightning and electrical storms like they have here. I'm not sure what kind of atmospheric factors make that happen, but it sounds like Pennsylvania experienced the same and had quite a show yesterday!

(One tip on the tornado. Look for the wall cloud and the beginning of a dip. If you're watching doppler radar, it would be the hook at the front end of a system.) Yes, I, too, watch MTV for middle aged people, Martina.

Salzypat  (Level: 154.4 - Posts: 5295)
Thu, 18th Jun '09 2:53 PM

When I had my second baby, my niece - then 15 - came from Seattle to spend the summer with me and to help with the baby and my 3 year old.

Every time we had a storm in the night it was a race to see who hit our bed first - the 3 year old, the dog or my niece!

Evidently they don't get the thunder, lightning and wind with storms in Seattle and my niece had never experienced storms like we have in the Midwest.

Pennwoman  (Level: 152.3 - Posts: 2478)
Thu, 18th Jun '09 4:35 PM

The night my daughter was born -- on February 20th, we had a snow storm accompanied by a freak lightning storm -- when the lightning would flash, the snow made everything appear blue for a few seconds, it was wild and beautiful!

Alvandy  (Level: 225.6 - Posts: 7525)
Thu, 18th Jun '09 5:24 PM

"Lightning bugs" are cool and fun to catch and hold in you hand, They walk along your hand and then fly away
Haven't seen many yet around her so far though.

Pennwoman  (Level: 152.3 - Posts: 2478)
Thu, 18th Jun '09 7:15 PM

Lodi, I tried taking pictures but my camera is pretty old, it didnt take..... fireflies are so beautiful, kind of like flying twinkle lights... I remember my friends grandmother came from England, I think, she sat with the family one night, on the porch, and she kept rubbing her eyes and shaking her head.... she had never seen fireflies before!

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 839)
Fri, 19th Jun '09 11:19 AM

My yard at night are filed with them..and I agree..they are beautiful! My granddaughter calls them fairy's.

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