Thursday, June 20, 2013

Romancing the Storm...

Lightning Bolts Thunder Strike
"I get my best ideas during a thunderstorm. I have the power and majesty of nature on my side." ~Ralph Steadman

I love thunderstorms. I always have. I think they are one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts. Ironically, I find thunder to be a very relaxing sound despite how loud it is. It’s very soothing in a unique way. I love how the thunder begins as a far off rumbling the then gets closer and closer until it fades. Thunderstorms bring with them anticipation and adrenaline.

I also find thunderstorms to be incredibly romantic. Thunderstorms have a way of stirring the romantic within us. The combination of the pouring rain, the rolling thunder, and the beautiful lightning is a recipe for true romanticism.

Do you like thunderstorms?

149 comments:

  1. We get them a lot here. My wife loves watching the lightning. Just have to keep an eye on them and listen for tornado warnings. Those are never fun.

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  2. Well Keith the way you describe it I have to say yes I do it does sound romantic:) B

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  3. I learned to love them growing up, since we got it a lot and now I appreciate the beauty behind it..the sound of thunderstorm just naturally amazing!:)

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  4. I absolutely love thunderstorms. They're really amazing.

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  5. We don't get many, but I love them. The electricity in the air charges me and the sharp crack of overhead thunder is something to talk about for a day or so.

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  6. i do love thunderstorms...all that power discharging in lightning and thunder, the sound of rain...they can be pretty scary but i def stand in awe....

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  7. Thunderstorms are so rare in this part of the world. At most, we will experience thunder maybe once a year. If that is summer thunder and lightening, then I don't like it b/c I know lightening strikes will set off wildfires in NorCal. If the thunder is in winter, then it is VERY cool!

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  8. there's something entirely romantic and magical about a thunderstorm. i absolutely love them :)

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  9. I love them! I always feel most inspired to write on stormy days.

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  10. Hmm, I don't know. We get some sort of thunderstorm almost every afternoon here in the summer and it's more disruptive than anything else. We'll hear thunder once or twice and then nothing happens. Or, we'll hear thunder and get a rainstorm that lasts five minutes...or half an hour.

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  11. Um no :( Scare me ... like more than clowns (darn Poltergeist movie) *wink*

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  12. You would have loved our spring here in Illinois this year. One big thunderstorm after another. :-)


    Thank you for your comment on my blog Keith!

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  13. I couldn't agree more! Hoping for a good thunderstorm today!

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  14. I adore them! When I lived in houses with big front porches, I would sit in the porch swings and wait for the storms to roll in, then sit and enjoy the heavens pour the rain down on our big trees. Now I have a balcony on a second floor at the edge of a pond~~perfect for the nature show (also great for fireworks)

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  15. As long as no lightning strikes near, which it has, I like them too.

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  16. I can't say that I like thunderstorms, or fireworks! But I get what you are saying.

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  17. I love a good thunderstorm but our storms over here were a real eye-opener for the Great Scot. The storms over there are generally far milder and tornadoes are (almost) unheard of.

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  18. I am scared of thunderstorms even at my age. My grandfather was a doctor and my mom always used to tell us these stories of kids who would get struck by lightening and come to see my grandfather.
    There was a movie about romanticism in thunderstorms in Hindi. The name was Barsaat ki raat meaning rainy night, in which the writer and the directer did a fantastic job of showing how two people got attracted to each other during thunder and lightening.

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  19. I do enjoy thunderstorms although now, with our more severe weather episodes, I do keep a cautious eye on the sky.

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  20. I adore them!
    I am camping in South-West Cornwall at present, and we had the most ferocious thunderstorm last night.
    It was absolutely amazing!

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  21. They can be pretty neat. We have the summer monsoons coming soon here with the daily two o'clock storms. One of the few things I miss about living in lower and warmer places is heat lightening at night.

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  22. Me TOO! So powerful!I was caught on a horse one time when little when a thunderstorm hit. Not a good thing....

    but yes, I agree, thunderstorms are unique and bring you to a different place each time.

    Romantic, I never thought of them that way but yes, yes!

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  23. I don't really know. When it is raining, it is raining, and I just stay inside. (Now I feel silly, am gonna wait for the next thunderstorm :-)

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  24. If thunderstorms were actually like your description then YES I would like them. Sadly, I'm very afraid of them because I've seen lightening strike neighbors houses and cause severe damage.

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  25. i like thunderstorms, when they're in the distance. but when it's happening right above you and a lightning might strike you or a house nearby, there isn't really a lot of romance in that.. they can look beautiful, but also cause so much damage! x

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  26. I LOVE watching the awesome power of nature.
    Unless the awesome power of nature rips my roof off.

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  27. YES! I do love thunderstorms - as long as I'm inside. I feel the same way as you.

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  28. I love to watch lightning cracking the sky open - Mother Nature at her most spectacular

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  29. Love, my grandkids and I start counting to see how far away the lightning struck. Good time to whip up the hot chocolate and coffee and enjoy wild nature.

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  30. Couldn't agree more, Keith. Last Sunday morning was miserable, rainy & dark. But I had the best company. Made it cozy...

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  31. Yup, love thunder storms - especially at night, especially in the Fall...I'm not a romantic, I just find them exciting and cozy and protective, all at the same time. And they are pretty.

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  32. Yes, I LOVE thunderstorms... dramatic ones with deafening claps of thunder and lightning that seems to go on forever. They definitely get the adrenaline pumping. With one exception. I wasn't a fan of the storm that popped up when I was far from shore in a rowboat.

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  33. Yes, I like thunderstorms. My son was afraid of them when he was young and I taught him not to fear them. We would go sit on the porch and watch the storm roll through. He did it with his kids. That makes me smile.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  34. Love watching them through the window with the lights off - so dramatic and exciting. Imagine if we could harness the power of lightning for energy! Shame I live somewhere so atmospherically neutral that we hardly ever see lightning.

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  35. I adore them. I use the sound as a white noise to sleep.

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  36. nope! used to hide in my parent's closet as a youngster. still don't like the loud crashes. and have always had at least one dog that is scared to pieces! makes for a stressful experience all the way around.

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  37. We have been getting some big time thunder storms here and lightning too. It's pretty to look at as long as I'm NOT driving!

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  38. Yes I do love summer thunderstorms! Just as long as they aren't too bad. They are definitely romantic. Think of all the movies where the love scenes are set during a thunderstorm! haha.

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  39. I LOVE a good storm. I like snowstorms most of all, a good blizzard is hard to find these days though LOL, weather here in Canada use to be a lot more extreme.

    I also love a good lightening/thunder storm and I agree, it is romantic, especially at a cabin where you can really hear the rain drops on the roof. I'd like to be at the beach right now sigh...

    great post Keith, loved reading this.

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  40. No, I don't like thunderstorms, because they sound like the end of the world is near. Lol.

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  41. I do enjoy watching a thunder storm roll in from the distance. you can see it and hear it without all the rain. perfection.

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  42. Not such a fan of thunderstorms here. Could be due to the fact that our house was struck by lightning when I was growing up, and the damage ultimately led to a fire some years later. Not a pleasant memory at all.

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  43. Gosh, did you take this amazing picture? I will agree that storms are romantic. Especially the Gothic novels, the heroine always runs outside at night in a storm in her nightgown.

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  44. I came up with my novel during a thunderstorm. I love them and always have.

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  45. Hey Keith,

    Yep, I love thunderstorms. However, let's think about the small creatures that get scared and need comforting during such times. Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar becomes a trembling wreck during those times. I have to cuddle her and then note that my socks are wet from where I stepped on the carpet where she...well you know...

    Storms are so romantic. A bit of a whirlwind romance for you, right Keith?

    Gary :)

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  46. I love them also - the energy and electricity awaken my creativity and awareness!!! Thunder on.

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  47. Thank you for dropping by at my blog.

    Personally, thunder scares me. But despite being frightened by its loudness, I would love to cuddle up with someone who cared enough to calm me down. And that would be a form of romance, I think. :-)

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  48. Yes--love them...when I am inside!

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  49. I love the sound of rain - it's so musical. I love thunder off in the distance but not right over the house.

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  50. We had one of those just the other night! They're pretty intense here in Florida. You can get thunder storms where bolts of lightning strike the ground every two seconds for hours. It's gorgeous though, the spectrum of colors, the way the night sky changes, the dance of light across the clouds... My hubby and I always pull up a chair and watch from the back porch. Sometimes nature absolutely steals my breath.

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  51. I love the sound of them. They are dark and mysterious. One of my best memories is running in the rain. It wasn't romantic, but it still was fun. My parents used to let us play with our bath toys down their steep hill when it rained (no lightening).

    Lately though, I don't know if it's age or what...I've been getting asthma attacks when a storm is on the scene. When we were camping in South Dakota one came on. It started pouring, and the smoke from everyone's fires moved into the cabin. I couldn't breathe. I had already used my inhaler. I was wheezing, couldn't get a deep breathe, sneezing and coughing all at once. We were beginning to think we'd have to wake up the kids and drive my sorry ass to the hospital. I wouldn't even know where one was at either.

    I did some research that storms do put out allergens in the air. The UK has several articles about it. Sadly the US has none.

    I had asthma attacks when I was a kid, then they went away, now it's just when it's cold and I'm exercising and rain storms that bring them on. I hate it.

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  52. I like thunderstorms, but I love rain. Opening the windows when it's raining heavily is beautiful. It's raining at the moment, and storms are forecast :-)

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  53. The thunderstorms we had in Florida were sososo different than the ones we have up north. Down south they did have that deep romantic but very loud rumbling. Here, not even close.

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  54. Romantic and dramatic in a sort of Cathy/Heathcliffe kind of way. Yes, I do like them. When I was a kid at boarding school, thunder and lighting was an excuse to go and sleep in the common room, make it kind of like a den. Very exciting.

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  55. Oh my goodness... SO romantic. I totally agree. I LOVE the rain, dark clouds, overcast skies, lightning, thunder, fierce wind, the whole bit... almost... magical.

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  56. I was just thinking the other morning how much a thunderstorm frightened me as a little girl but now...I RELISH them. I like you love the distant sound coming nearer and nearer and am kind of sad as they fade off to another nearby town. I love to watch them approach on radar and stay tuned in to my tv or ipad. And I like beets now too...wonder what happens when you grow up and like stuff you didn't before?

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  57. I would say the same about thunderstorms- time to curl up and get cozy indoors. We don't get very many of them out in these parts (despite the fact we're known for rain).

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  58. I agree: the thunderstorm is the ultimate symbol of passion and romance! we see eye to eye on a lot!

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  59. i love listening to one song during the storm:
    Late Night Alumni-Empty Streets and sound of storm... it's addicting!

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  60. Oh yes, I love to watch the thunderstorms. But, from safe distance. I have a friend that was struck by lightening once, it was scary. Awesome photo. Have a happy weekend!

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  61. No, not altogether. I can remember seeing a fireball flash through our farm house kitchen when I was little. We always used to have the door and windows open during a thunderstorm. This one day the storm was really bad and the fireball looked just like a Catherine Wheel and whirred straight through the open door. During the storm, the lightening hit the galvanize roof of the barn. The harvest had just been gathered and the barn was full of hay. I can still smell the acrid blackened debris and remember the fire engine,the firemen and the water hoses. But saying that - yes - I think nature is awesome.

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  62. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I'm amazed at how many people love thunder storms.

    I'm not too fond of thunder storms although it looks amazing when lightning strikes. My neighbour's house was hit by lightning and every one of the electrical outlets were blasted off the walls. A little unnerving. I much prefer a calm starry night with the full moon.

    Jb

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  63. I so agree. Thunder storms and an angry sea are two of my favorites to get lost in--visually of course.

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  64. I love a good thunderstorm, especially at night, as long as I am indoors! The power displayed is incredible~

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  65. They are invigorating! We can always tell that a storm is coming because the horses frolic.
    I love a good storm, but worry about lightening sparking fires in our dry country.

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  66. Yes I need a bit of a rark up, feeling the tiredness lately. We actually had two lightnings cross recently on the bridge here

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  67. Thunderstorms are the inevitable expectation especially with changes weather patterns. I have always enjoyed them, but sometimes am very glad I have a roof over my noggin'!

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  68. I like a low rumbling thunderstorm with enough wind to make the trees move followed by a gentle rain.

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  69. Love thunderstorms! I'm not sure about romance, though. It's strange, but in spite of all the loud noise, they put me to sleep. When one starts in the middle of the night, I usually hear about it from other people the next day - I sleep so soundly through them.

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  70. Oh I like thunderstorms too.

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  71. I absolutely adore thunderstorms. They are amazing and yet, as you mentioned, I feel a sense of peace and calm during a thunderstorm. I have in many instances watched a storms for hours not saying a word and just breathing it all in. No other thing in nature can shake my soul and bring peace all at once.

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  72. I am petrified of thunderstorms. Petrified. Once I was house sitting this haunted house and there was a massive storm. I stood up to the window and just sang at the top of my lungs. I felt such raw power course through my body . It was life changing

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  73. I love LOVE thunderstorms. The sights, the sounds...it's all amazing and beautiful.

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  74. I love the power of the thunderstorms. There's nothing we can do about them--they just have to happen. Pure nature.

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  75. I have feared them ever since I was a kid. Now I don't mind hearing them from a distance but when it hits close to home I get a little nervous.

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  76. I feel the same way as Randy, when I hear them close by I get nervous. When I was a child I used to have nightmares that a tornado would come and sweep everything that was dear to me never to return again.

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  77. I have always loved the rain, and this includes thunderstorms. I love the smell of the air, the droplets on the flowers, the birds chirping, the sound of rain falling...and yes, even thunder.

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  78. I love the thunderstorms but I don't like what lightning can do!

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  79. i haven't thought that perspective of thunderstorms. you are soo right. i love thunderstorms. have an awesome weekend

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  80. Perhaps the thunderstorm is romantic, perhaps, but....
    After it the temps drop and getting colder (1)
    The hail may fall with rain on the harvest and you're without berries (2)
    After heavy rain a lot of water is on your lawn long time, because water doesn't flow away (3)
    If you're in a small wooden home the lightning may strike the roof and damage your house (4)...etc
    But ... may be the thunderstorm is romantic.

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  81. I love them... but from a distance :P
    rain, snow, thunderstorm... they all induce romanticism... but at the same time I'm also terrified of the fury they can unleash.

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  82. Keith, I LOVE the thunderstorms but while I am in my house... they seem to clear everything:)

    The thunderstorms can be romantic when you have someone to share them with:)

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  83. I love thunderstorms! I used to love the silent lightning storms in Malawi, it was eerie watching the lighting inside the clouds and not hearing any thunder!

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  84. I really do, Keith. Always have, always will.

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  85. There is a sense of coziness. I felt that last night as the wind blew across the lakes with a thunderstorm on it's heels. Ah, nature. Nothing replaces it.

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  86. I love thunderstorms, it's always a reminder that nature is the boss with the real power. There's nothing nicer to me than watching torrential rain with bursts of lightening and booming thunderclaps!

    I love that pic.xxxx

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  87. I love thunderstorms. We have them here, but I don't think we have thunderstorms at the magnitude the midwest has them. Every thunderstorm I've been in while in the midwest is amazingly powerful and a little bit scary.
    Two summers ago my husband and I stood on our front porch and watch the thunderstorm in our 'hood. I'm pretty sure the house across the street got hit by lightening and that is when I went in the house. Come to find out the next morning there was a huge hailstorm at the airport that caused millions of dollars in damage to the airplanes that were parked at the gates. Screwed up operations for weeks.

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  88. I love thunderstorms -- as long as I'm safe!

    Pearl

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  89. I'm an avid storm lover as well, there's not much that can match the raw power of nature shown in them!

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  90. I think they are amazing to see, but I don't want to get stuck in the middle of one! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  91. Hi Kieth, yes I too love thunderstorms, always have. But like Always mentioned, I really do not like being in the middle of one, scary, whew...:)

    Madison

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  92. I can take them or leave them. We don't get them often, over here, in California.

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  93. I love them. It's like the environment is screaming at us for being so caught up in our lives that we forgot to live in the moment. For me, thunder and lightening are always grounding and are such powerful reminders to live in the present. When it rains with thunder and lightening, it's like a full soul cleansing experience... washing away all of the negativity in our lives.

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  94. I am scare about thunderstorms if they fall near! But I like viewing it at distance, creating amazing sky crackers.

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  95. I love thunderstorms and went through a phase as a child of wanting to be a storm chaser! - Tasha xxx

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  96. I used to love thunderstoms- but now that we live where thunderstorms bring lightning and sometimes wild fires....not so much! Enjoy your day!

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  97. I love gentle thunderstorms! Unfortuately I saw too many severe ones when I moved away from California.
    Yesterday, here in west TX, there was an F2 tornado only five miles from where I live. I thought I was going to wind up in Oz.....

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  98. Your craze for adventure maybe is the reason you could relate so well with the thunderstorms.

    It gets scary for me. Though, rain covers it all for me. Its heavenly. Every thunderstorm carries an anticipation of rain.

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  99. Today I woke up to the sounds of rain and thunder. Now I read this post. Fate or coincidence?
    How funny.

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  100. I agree they are romantic, but they are hazardous to lives too.

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  101. I love a good thunderstorm! One is getting ready to roll in now and I am anxiously awaiting its arrival!

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  102. I love thunderstorms too. There are never enough where I live for my liking. I love it when they are especially long ones with rain which pounds the windows.

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  103. I totally love them too. As long as I'm in the house. I love to feel safe and secure while listening to the thunder!

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  104. I am not a fan of thunderstorms. If I did not fear tornados, I think I would enjoy them. But I enjoy now rain without thunder.

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  105. Ah, nothing like a rainy day (thunder and all) to make you want to grab a good book and take a break. I like the sound of the rain at night too.

    Happy weekend!

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  106. I ADORE thunderstorms. It's one of the things I love about summer time since I don't hear a lot of thunder in the winter. A good amount of rain drumming on the roof and thunder rumbling overhead...it's therapeutic and so relaxing. It makes me feel snug inside, and yes, it is very romantic. ^o^

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  107. yes!
    and losing power once in a while is fun too. brings the family closer together!

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  108. Thunderstorms command our respect, they are much bigger than we are! Love the rumbling and the crack of lightning. Thanks for your comments on my blog Keith, much appreciated.

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  109. While I can certainly see the attraction to thunderstorms, and, in a way, I feel similarly, yet, both my dogs get so freaked out by them, I guess my attitude towards thunderstorms has somewhat been tainted by their reactions to them.

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  110. I absolutely love them...The only time I've been less than thrilled was when driving across country in the middle of New Mexico and there was the biggest rain storm/thunderstorm. We were the only car on the road and it was incredibly scary there was no one around for basically ever.

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  111. Greatly. I do prepare for the power outage that one might bring, but having taken precautions, I say, "bring it on." I also relate to the "romantic" part. My wife and I have always loved to sit together and listen to a storm approaching, passing over us, and wandering away. The onset of her multiple sclerosis symptoms, now years ago, brought about a new fear of thunder. We were concerned that she would never again appreciate a good thunderstorm. Fortunately, the unexpected symptom passed. She now looks forward to boomers. As do I.

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  112. Well frankly I used to like thunderstorms in France, because that’s all they were – thunderstorms. But here in Georgia, very often, a tornado comes after a thunderstorm – so that makes me kind of scared of them now.

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  113. Yes I sure do. I can't remember the last time we had thunder and lightening storm but we do have more of thunderstorms mostly.

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  114. NEVER!!!..I mean it scares me!The storms!the roaring!gaah!it fears me!

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  115. Oh, my! It's the one thing I'm terrified of! The kids always tease me. I just sit and brace myself waiting on the next flash of lightening, and not knowing when the thunder or how loud it'll be will appear. Strangely, I'm scared more in daylight storms and for some reason I always seem to get a fuzzy head during them. Only get them once or twice a year, and quite frankly, my dear, that's still too many!!

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  116. I did think the fairytale view of the world was a good view to have so thank you for your comment! :D - Tasha xxx

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  117. I'm totally with you as long as I don't have to go outside and get wet.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2013/06/happy-birthday-judy.html

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  118. LOVE thunderstorms! Something about them sort of gets inside of you. I have to admit though, I prefer to be indoors!

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  119. No, thunderstorms actually startle me. I prefer gentle rain showers :)

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  120. I love thunderstorms. Hubby loved thunderstorms and our daughter loves them.

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  121. Don't mind then at all - just can't get to photograph them!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  122. From a distance, but here where I live they often result in a power failure here which can be a pain :)

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  123. Thunderstorms always remind me of a power mightier than my own. They remind me there is MORE.... but yes, romantic.. soothing and relaxing too.

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  124. I'm ultra senstivie to external noise and sudden movements so am uselesss when it comes to thunderstorms and lightning! But I totally see the romance and excitement of such a natural phenomena! Oh and kissing in the pouring rain! That always makes my heart swell! Take care
    x

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  125. awesome photo Keith-yes I do love a good thunderstorm-just not the real violent ones

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  126. Agreed ! Thunderstorms indeed bring out the most powerful human emotions.

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  127. I absolutely love thunderstorms. They are pretty rare in the UK, and I really miss them since I've moved here. Really hoping for some good ones when I get home for the summer.

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  128. I love thunderstorms. Maybe because they aren't very common where I live they do feel exciting and romantic. Especially in the summer! Hope you had a great weekend!

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  129. yes....they bring back childhood memories of sitting on a chair in the enclosed front porch reading books and feeling safe : )

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  130. I am the storm... I am the rainbow after storm... I am single drop of rain... I am air, wind and sky... I am so happy that I am :) and... THANK YOU for your world! My world thanks to yours is full of new colors :)

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  131. Love them...but not when I'm alone. I like them when other people are around and preferably when I'm indoors!

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  132. Best thunderstorm I ever saw was in Italy last summer. It was absolutely beautiful. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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  133. I love thunderstorms too. I know one family in my community who hates them. Lightning hit their house a few years ago and it took a year before they could move back in. :P

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  134. I completely agree. There is something very majestic and calming about them (if you are safe and dry).

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  135. This is one of the things I miss the most about Utah. South Carolina had some major ones as well. Sadly, we don't see many here in Cali. I think I've heard thunder once since I've lived here. Consider yourself lucky!

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  136. Living in the land of sand means that I never see a thunder storm, I agree though, they are amazing.

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  137. I agree on all counts (as long as they aren't followed by a hurricane). ;)

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  138. I love thunderstorms! They are exciting and beautiful. I have several good 'thunderstorm memories.'

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  139. I love thunderstorms - unless I am in a car - I like to be at home! lol sandie

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  140. I love them! Thunderstorms are one of the main things that I love about summer.

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  141. I like them...from a safe distance. We have some coming our way, again today...

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  142. Love, love, love a good thunderstorm!

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  143. Yep, love them! (Except when they're scary!) ;)))
    But you're right....thunder has this primordial quality....exciting and soothing at the same time....

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  144. Interesting... I confess I'm afraid of storms. Particularly because when I was about 11 I went camping with my brother and uncles in the woods and there was this horrible intense storm and we all thought we were going to die o.O

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