For about a week, we had been experiencing hotter than normal temperatures. This day was no different. The temperature was in the low 90’s as we ate dinner — Daniel was in California, the older girls at a birthday party, and the 3 youngest home with friends spending the night. I looked outside and commented how strange the sky looked. All day long it had been blue, and suddenly it was getting darker. Then I took this picture. (There were absolutely no clouds in the forecast!)
After dinner, I kept hearing a low grumbling and thought a bear was getting into our garbage. I was shocked to discover that it was actually rolling thunder! The kids had been out in the shop, but came running back just as it began to rain.
The next thing we knew, it was pouring. Instantly the temperature dropped almost 30 degrees. The lightning and thunder and rain continued most of the night. It was absolutely spectacular.
Since college I have missed thunder and lightning storms. In fact, these were one of the things I most looked forward to in moving. The kids may have stayed out and played until they were actually chilly, whereas just a few minutes earlier they had been overheated.
And that was our surprise storm!