8 April, 2008 § Leave a comment
From my window, it appears that a storm has taken over large tracts of the western-most side of the island. Though there is the rumble of thunder in the distance, the carpet of misty grey is extending ever so slowly, gently almost, belying the sheer power an electrical storm possesses.
According to Wikipedia, an average thunderstorm releases about 10,000,000 kilowatt-hours of energy – the equivalent of a 20 kilo-ton warhead.
Thunderstorms are one of those things about nature that simply take my breath away. They are just so awesome to behold, and they are never once the same. The prelude to a storm usually comprise of cool gusts of wind accompanied by the silence of the birds who have all gone to seek shelter. Everything becomes so still, you are conscious only of your own heartbeat. Then at once and without warning, the rain falls quick and fast, and the earth fills the air with the scent of home.
I love preludes almost as much as I love watching the rain.