Yesterday at 5 pm (dark) I went to get a CD player for the kid...2 minutes into the run and...
White sky...black sky...sonic waves rattling my riding, no bull, I'm clenching the bars.
The lightening was -to me, a white ball 4 times the size of the sun, flash 2/3 of my peripheral vision.
As I was cresting the hill, an older fellow was standing in the road staring upwards.
-asked me if it was an explosion, I said no.
I told him I had been looking in the direction and it was skyward.
As I continued riding it started raining...big fat slush drops.
And then it poured.
I live in a sub-tropical rainforest area ..this was a big downpour.
In 2 minutes the road I was riding was mostly a complete sheet of water.
Car drivers couldn't see at all out the side windows, partial front.
Had to ride invisible ninja style.
Anyway, got downtown..walked into the store like a diver without a wet suit and got out.
A sweet young lady did a double take as I was walking the ride and asked if I had been cycling in the downpour (obvious) and I told her of the lightening. She had phoned family from work after hearing the thunder downtown indoors..scared!
Saw video of the 'strike'.
Big flash then little strikes. I think it was a sheet lightening? But REALLY big and really low, then bolts behind.
Never seen anything like it.
When I got home I dumped my clothes in the bathtub.
As wet as when the washer breaks before the spin cycle.
I got puddled! -I also saw the brightest thing ever at night EVER!
I think some people thought something like maybe a military ship exploding at the dockyard.
My friend about 25 miles away said the thunder was about 7 seconds long. Mine 3.
I kinda liked it as an experience, but man...what a ride.
Got any freak weather stories?
I've ridden small hail, not the 'sky is falling' stuff.
Saw it in Banff once.
Filled the roads like snow (no snow @ that time of year).
Helmet be nice, and the roads be slippery.
Last edited by jeff williams; 12-24-05 at 04:36 AM.
My father was trout fishing once in Wisconsin. Rain was moving in, but he did not hear any thunder, so he kept fishing. While he watching his line, lightning hit a tree on the river bank quite close to him. He was momentarily blinded and his ears rang for at least a day. The event left him a changed person - there was a noticeable change in his personality after that. He's lucky he did not get killed from that.
You are, too, Jeff. Congratulations - must be something big in store for you yet!!