Lightning Strikes

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but we get some awesome storms here in Western Australia.  They are mostly just packed with rain and wind, but from time to time, they come bearing violent electrical goodies.

So when I heard the rumbles of thunder across the ocean, naturally, I went down to check it out.

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Stormville

So, a few hours after having chilled out and watched the sun go down on the beach (in the last post) we got hit by the mother of all storms.

This pic was taken by a local photographer, Grahame Kelaher, about 10km from us to the south, so those lightning strikes were the ones over our head!

We got woken up at 2am by lightning like I’ve never seen before – a strike every second or two and the noise, amplified by the flat surface of the ocean, was unbelievable.

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we’ve had some really muggy days this week and last night we had the mother of all thunderstorms.

It was rumbling and grumbling away as we went to bed and then at 2am we were woken up with an almighty bang, shaking the whole house. Must have been a really close strike or sheet lightning right overhead – I’ve never heard anything quite so loud.

Dog and big un’ came in shortly afterwards, timid dog and teenage tears – we quickly whipped around the house unplugging computers and modems and stuff before waiting it out for 30 mins. A violent rain front came in, thundering off the windows and overpowering the drains in seconds and then that was it – the storm moved away and peace was restored.

We had another one this afternoon as its been 30 degrees + and muggy. I’ve been working at home and listening to massive thunder rumbles across the bay all afternoon. There are some huge thunderheads (sadly its too hazy for a good pic) to the west over the ocean right now – we’re probably in for another treat once the sun goes down.

In other news, we got our tax returns done today and all I can say is – wooooohooo!! Thanks Mr Accountant, you’re a star 🙂