Monday, July 29, 2013

Light and Sound Show

I've always loved to watch storms. Well, with exception of the time I was struck by lightning (which may explain a lot of things about me for some of you).

Last evening, we watched the beginnings of an all-nighter roll in from the southwest over Lac Leman. Shot some video (, from which I was able to capture some flashes of cloud-to-ground lightning.

As you look at the images, trust me, the Jura mountains are beyond the far shore of the lake, totally obscured by the several shades of grey.

Fascinating to watch ... and listen - rolling thunder, chattering birds, a barking dog, cars racing to beat the impending downpour, the rushing wind, the initial raindrops plinking against the glass of the sliding door to the balcony, the windchimes tinkling their song but also thrashing against the fascia.

Even observed an airplane on approach to GVA; surprised they cleared him to land with all the electrical activity close by. And, at the end of the video, you may notice a powerboat on the choppy lake water trying to tow a sail-less boat into Corsier Port.

Of course, I had watered the plants an hour or so earlier. And taken down the patio umbrella and rolled up the various awnings.

We didn't get very wet from the advancing wind I filmed, but by late evening the wind had calmed and the precipitation became heavy and straight down. Was nice to open the attic windows and drift off to sleep listening to the rain on the roof.

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