When we got up Sunday morning, the weather report predicted hot temperatures. That was for our area. In the higher regions of the Sierra Nevada they were calling for thunderstorms. This would be about one and a half hours away or 60 miles.
It was a day of such high heat we did our chores early in the day and spent the rest of it with some indoor projects, one of which was repainting garden art that had faded colors. Periodically through the day the light outside dimmed sending us outside to see what was up. There were a few clouds in the sky that we refer to as clouds from the monsoonal flow from Arizona. This was OK as the storm would be east of us in the higher regions of the Sierras.
As the sun started to lower, we sat outside so that I could capture and share with you the amazing photos of the sun setting here in the Foothills. The following photos are the best of what I caught of the sunset. These photos I call “God-like Photos.” They remind me of God shining his glory on all of us here on this planet!
The rays of the setting sun
Find the crescent moon
The sun lowers further
The day is done, and night has just begun…
We went to bed anticipating sleeping all night. Various reports from neighbors and friends indicate that the thunder and lightning started around 10:30 p.m. We both were sound asleep. I woke up at 11:55 p.m. seeing a flash of light under my eyelids, sounds strange but true, and then the biggest boom of thunder I have ever heard since I was a kid growing up on the east coast of the U.S. My husband: He lay there snoring and totally oblivious. The storm gained momentum and finally my husband awoke. The dog: He was whining when I woke up and never really stopped.
The lightning was so bright, we could see every detail in the room and it was so loud that the house shook! I grabbed the video camera and was heading to our screened in patio room, when my husband stopped me. I took the following video from inside the living room door looking out to our back yard. I ask that you turn the sound up so that you can hear not only the rain that was pouring down like there was no tomorrow, but you will hear the cracking thunder.Flash, Bang, Boom! The orbs that you see are UFO’s! We were surrounded by them! Only kidding…these are the solar lights on our patio!
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Did I mention the electricity went out around 12:30? It did. We had flashlights in hand as the storm raged on. When it seemed to move off we headed back to bed. The dog was still whining so my husband went out to the living room to sleep with our sweet pooch. I could have sworn that I laid there, chin propped up on my hands watching the storm outside, until I saw my husband coming back towards the bedroom with a flashlight. He was soaked to the skin. Due to the extreme wind he had to pull in our awning, and rescue a patio umbrella and was drenched in the process. It was now 4 a.m.! Where did the night go? I felt like I was awake the whole time!
The storm? It lasted until around 5:00 in the morning. It was continual. There were two good things about this storm. It dropped the temperatures from the mid 70′s with the humidity around 95%, down to a cool 60 degrees though the humidity was the same. The other good thing was that we got rain! Here in the foothills one does not want the dry lightning and no rain. That means fires…
We got up yesterday morning to wet decks and landscaping, clouds drifting through, rising and forming more thunderheads. Our lights were still out, and we were having the worst cup of instant coffee, and then poof! The lights came back on! Thank God for that! At least I had a cup of the fresh brew before I had to head off to work! Once at work, I captured these shots of the still present storm. No lightning but a truly amazing sky!
Pouring rain from my office window
Another view before it moves off
This was a rare moment for July in the Sierra Foothills just west of Lake Tahoe. Total rainfall was about a half inch and there were over 2,400 lightning strikes in our county!
Enjoy your day!
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