May 29, 2005

Rainbow

Posted by James at May 29, 2005 7:35 PM
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How lovely!

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 29, 2005 10:01 PM

We've had such crazy weather today, lots of thunderstorms, rain, and sun, and then this rainbow which turned into a double.

Posted by: Maggie at May 29, 2005 10:33 PM

That's a great rainbow!

Posted by: briwei at May 30, 2005 12:22 AM

Beautiful!

I saw this rainbow today. {There was actually a double rainbow.}

A little while before the rainbow, we were outside playing wiffle ball and Nicole actually felt the lighting through the ground. Her legs were numb from the knees down, quite odd, but obviously indicating time to go inside. She is alright though, very odd weather today.

Posted by: Sara at May 30, 2005 12:47 AM

Sara,

If Nicole was really struck by lightning, that's very bad. Most people who survive a lightning strike don't see the damage until a few years down the line, when they start suffering nerve damage. I hope that Nicole's experience was mild enough that she suffers no ill effects.

You should never, never be outside when there's a thunderstorm anywhere near.

Maggie

Posted by: Maggie at May 30, 2005 8:01 AM

Nicole's mom also got struck by lightning a few years back. She told me lightning struck her house as well, and it caught fire.

I certainly hope there is no nerve damage. And yes, we should not have been outside. But by this point the alcohol had impaired our better judgement. Not an excuse, I know.

Posted by: Sara at May 30, 2005 9:56 AM

You can get a feeling from being outside wihtout actually being struck. It's likely she just felt the electrical potential changing between the sky and the ground.

You can get pretty tingly without there actually being much current going through you.

Posted by: James at May 30, 2005 11:40 AM

I didn't know that (tingly thing). I hope that's the case!

I always say that if I ever hear thunder outside, I'll head in immediately. It's just not worth the potential damage down the line. And once you get to be my age, and you start feeling a little damage, you can easily imagine what a lot of damage is like.

That said, I mowed the lawn through one of the thunderstorms yesterday. So I'm a jerk, and there was no alcohol involved. Just annoyed that the weather was messing up my plans. I couldn't actually hear the thunder over the mower, though, so I thought I was safe until I turned it off and there was rumbling!!

Posted by: Maggie at May 30, 2005 9:40 PM

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