I've always loved lightning storms. Many children are afraid of them, but I thought they were kind of amazing (and in fact, I remember making fun of my childhood best friend for her fear... I was such a nice kid... )
When I was younger, my mom would take me out on the front porch to watch thunderstorms. I loved it. It made me feel brave and alive to be in the presence of nature while it was demonstrating its power.
Since moving to San Diego a year ago, one of the things I miss most is thunderstorms. The rumbling had become a comfort to me as I grew up, and suddenly I was to live in a place completely devoid of it.
I went back to Virginia to visit family in February though, and received a spectacular treat on the plane right back out west. Our flight had to take a detour due to some strong storms heading north from the Gulf of Mexico, but we were able to see the storms from the plane windows. Consequently, I was able to view one of my favourite natural phenomena from above.
|Photo from Benjamin Smith on Flickr|
Video from Michael Fienen on Youtube
All I know is that it definitely made the extended flight time from the detour worth it!