Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Beautifully Powerful and Powerfully Beautiful


We had some incredible storms in Central Kentucky this past weekend. Saturday night and Sunday afternoon were full of thunder and intense lightning. 

As crazy as it may sound, I've always loved storms. As long as nobody is hurt of course! I've just always been fascinated by them, enamored by them, and captivated by them. In fact, they are my favorite thing about summer. 

Thunderstorms themselves are a unique form of beauty. They are so incredibly powerful and incredibly beautiful at the same time. I love how the rumbling of far-off thunder becomes louder as it gradually moves closer. And I love the way a summer night can become illuminated with all that magnificent lightning.

They also have a very calming effect on me. I sleep like a baby whenever it is storming. In fact, I have an app on my phone which mimics the sound of a far-off thunderstorm and I use it to help me sleep every single night.

The same cannot be said about my cat Ruby, however. The sound of thunder sets her eyes darting about and usually has her scampering under the blankets for shelter. What a wuss!! 

Do you get many thunderstorms where you live? Do you enjoy thunderstorms? Fear them? Ambivalent toward them?

144 comments:

  1. We do get thunder storms - mainly in the summer, and while they come as a bit of a relief, not all the drains can cope and some people get a little wetter than they ought to have!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  2. | absolutely love thunderstorms, the power it exudes, the emotions they awaken... We do get some stunning storms in summer here.

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  3. We had one here recently. I remember asking someone where should you stand when there is lightning. we had a debate about it, and I said I heard in a tornado the safest place to be is in the bath.

    Storms scare me. I don't like lightening. ( or strong winds) the very next day I heard in the news 2 people was struck by lightning. One on a cricket field.

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  4. Here in Montreal we do get thunderstorms. I do love them!

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  5. We get a lot of storms here. I like the sound as well. Fascinating to watch the giant thunderheads from a distance.

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  6. We don't get many, but I really enjoy them when we do. I don't know of cats that take fright at thunderstorms, although I certainly know of dogs and it seems the more intelligent they are the more storms affect them.

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  7. As you may know, we get ALOT of storms where I'm at. Probably as many as you ;) I love them. The hubby and I sit on the porch and watch them roll in. Up until the lightening gets too close for me. Gizmo, on the other hand, you can find him under the bed during storms :)

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  8. I love rain, but not thunderstorms. I have been alone in a house which was struck by lightening twice now, and thunder ramps up my anxiety levels.
    We had a German Shepherd who would leap for the nearest lap at the first rumble.
    Jazz n Jewel don't care. At all.

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  9. Hi Keith - can't say I'm that enamoured .. but they are amazing to watch ... we had one yesterday morning - justt glad I live here and not 20 miles down the coast where they had a month's worth of rain (and hail) in an hour? Flooded streets, floating cars, overworked drains .. and generally 'interesting' - just glad it was westwards a little .. we had some bucket loads here ... and I hear the storms 'run up and down' the Channel ..

    Cheers Hilary PS we needed the rain, so I was glad ...

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  10. Hi Keith, get many heat and humidity you know, I love them, i love watching them, it's like an incredible light spectacle and the big booms have my cats running to me as I hug them, i miss that about the house i was forced to leave the raindrops on the roof, the storms, I still love them, always have, always will....

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  11. I love night time thunder and lightening... I sleep better too... I need that app Keith ;-)

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  12. Lots of storms, and I adore them...scare the Great Scot to death as well... because I love to be out in them. Most of the pups are okay with storms, but wee Buddha is frightened of them and needs a bit of reassurance.
    I want your app!

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  13. We don't have many storms, but when we do, it is shattering, yes, it's beautiful.

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  14. We can get some nasty ones here. Of the two pups, one is terrified. The other not so much. Hope you have a great week and boogie boogie.

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  15. I hardly knew what storms were until I moved out of California and went to the Missouri Ozarks. The storms were so intense and frightening there that I was literally stunned. I also survived numerous tornados. Here in West Texas it hardly ever rains and the storms never bother me.

    I enjoy timid, generic thunderstorms, but I hate the violent ones that cause damage.

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  16. So you like snow and bad weather, geez, there is no help for you haha the cats here just stare out the window

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  17. Thanks to my grandpa I've always enjoyed a good thunderstorm....the silent frothing up of the big clouds, the gathering dark, the far away rumbles that grow into boomers that shake the house....great stuff...energizing.

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  18. Haha - same here. We used to sit out on the porch during thunderstorms. Both the cat and dog, however, head for the hills...or under the bed...

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  19. Yes, lots of thunderstorms! It took me a while to get used to the American thunderstorm. Its force is scary. But I love taking pictures of the angry skies. Have a beautiful day Keith! ;)

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  20. They scare the *bleep* out of me!!! Living in Phoenix ... we only get about 60 days of rain a year ... and most of that is during our Monsoon season in the summer --- in fact we had a doozy this past Saturday night ... lightening hit the street right in front of my house! Talk about freak.me.out.!!!!!

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  21. Interesting that they have a calming effect on you, Keith.

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  22. I love them for the amazing energy within them. One time I was driving back home to Albuquerque from Sedona, Az. and there was lightning on either side of the road, in front and behind me the whole way. I was scared but captivated as well.

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  23. Thunderstorms are very frequent and very real here. It can just develop from a sunny day to a dark wet day in a jiffy. The sky darkens, the winds start to get restless and a downpour results accompanied by lightning. It may last for a few hours.It may be dangerous if one is caught on the road as visibility is very poor then.That's what we have here!
    Calming effect is only when one is safe in the house. Lightning strikes do happen and can be fatal. A few youngsters and even golfers taking shelter under a big tree were known to be victims

    Hank

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  24. Hi Keith!:) Although I agree that it is spectacular to witness and the rumble of thunder is in a way calming, it's not one of my favourite things, especially acompanied by lightening, as we were hit by lightening one time, and it caused quite a bit of damage to some of our outbuildings. The noise was horrific, so now I have mixed feelings about thunder storms.:(

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  25. In Nebraska we get everything. We have 4 true seasons. If you don't like one of the seasons you wouldn't want to live here.

    I like each season. I think visually I like spring a lot. It rains a lot of nights, everything is coming to life. The blossoms on trees are so pretty.

    My husband like fall the most. The colored leaves everywhere are pretty.

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  26. We don't get many here but I find them unsettling. I don't sleep when it's storming, as I like quiet. As amazing as thunder and lightning are, I rather have quiet.

    Hugs,
    JB

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  27. Now that you mention it, the other night lightning was flashing on a constant basis. Seeing it glow in the darkness was beautiful and scary at the same time.

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  28. We often have severe thunderstorms here. I have a weather radio and it lets me know when there is severe weather heading this way. I fear them because they can turn into a tornado. Or even if not, they can knock out the electricity. I do like rainstorms (when they happen at night - lol) but prefer they are not violent.

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  29. I'm like you, I like a good storm if no one gets hurt or no fire gets started from the lightning strikes. We don't get many thunder storms here, but there was one over the weekend along the coast that hubby and son were involved in due to the work they were doing at the time. They said the lightning was literally over there; that was scary, especially since they were working with electrical equipment (sound equipment for a band). I did hear further up the coast there were some injuries from the storm and one fatality so that indeed wasn't a godo thing.

    We had brillant storms in Santa Fe New Mexico and when we lived in Billings, Montana. I enjoyed watching them.

    My mom's mother was deathly afraid of thunder storms so if she was alone and my mom heard a storm in the distance, if she could, she would gather us up and go over to my grandmother's to wait out the storm with her. I didn't like being taken away from what we were doing at the time, so even at a young age of seven, I resolved to like storms and to make sure my kids weren't afraid of them, so that's what we did, watching storms from windows, even outside on the porch at times (not the best choice). They are fans of a good storm too.

    Now the dog, well, that's another thing which is probably a good thing we don't get many of them down here :)

    betty

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  30. Thor sends greetings. Clearly, Ruby is a member of Loki's Army.

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  31. I also like storms (if they aren't too intense. No tornadoes, thank you). I have found that I've been sleeping through them lately too!

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  32. I kind of enjoy it when the weather is bad outside and I can be inside and just watch. But then I worry about the animals outside and hope that they are all safe and fine. So I kind of have mixed feelings about it. I guess I am weird.

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  33. I enjoy them much like you, except when they get two close. I close strike will knock you out of bed.

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  34. I'm in MO - so we pretty much get the same weather as you. I am a huge fan of thunderstorms. I don't know why. My step-mom freaks out about any storm...but I love sitting on the patio and watching the lightning and stuff. :)

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  35. I enjoy both watching thunderstorms and angry seas as long as I am safe. Those thunder claps directly over head from striking something nearby do get my attention however.

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  36. i have always feared them. as a child, i hid in my parents' deep closet with my fingers in my ears to block out the noise. i'm not that bad as an adult, but i am fearful of lightning strikes. and i'm managed to have at least one dog, all thru my life, that is deathly afraid of them. i've learned to keep the lights on at night to minimize their terror at the lightning in order to keep them even a bit calmer.

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  37. Love them!! The louder the better. It's calming for me too, especially while 'trying' to sleep. But, a teeny part of me is frightened by them as well.
    I'm hoping to see a down pour here today! Kaboom!

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  38. do we find it weird to love storms? as I type right this second thunder is rumbling just outside my window and I feel like I'm in heaven...over an inch of rain yesterday, thunder, huge rain clouds...man oh man oh man oh man!

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  39. Love love LOVE them!
    You perfectly described the allure.
    (Maybe there's a CatApp to help Ruby love them, too?)
    We've had a few stunning thunderstorms in Western Montana this summer. Sadly, a couple with notable lightning strikes - one hit an urban gas main & turned a tree into an eternal flame; another killed 45 head of cattle huddled for shelter under an apple tree.
    But still loving the powerful rumble & flash.

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  40. Awww, poor Ruby, my dog Jake is terrified of thunderstorms and needs my comfort when one is going on.
    We get many of them here in Colorado and I like them as long as I in a safe place.
    I had a friend that was hit by lighting and almost died, that was very scary.

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  41. We dont have many thunderstorms buts sounds scared Keith!
    I understand Ruby one of my dogs is terrified with many things!
    We have earthquarters and sometimes are terrible !
    Take care Keith:)

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  42. Hi Keith - We get some sizzling, crackling, beautiful thunderstorms in Denver. The electricity is incredible. I love them and I also sleep well during thunderstorms and rain. My golden retriever Jaxon, is so freaked by thunder and firecrackers we bought him a thunder shirt to wear during storms and it seems to calm him. I read a long time ago that if we didn't have storms on the planet, we would all be insane! Hugs - Risa

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  43. lacking your adventurous spirit, I fear them.

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  44. thunderstorms always freak me out! and they used to scare my dog but he has since lost his hearing so he's able to get through them relatively easily, although i think he senses it without his hearing. and this may sound silly but every time there is a thunder storm i always think of that scene in the sound of music where they are singing "these are a few of my favorite things"! :)

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  45. I love thunderstorms. Lightening scares me just a little though. Yesterday we sat on the ramp for 45 minutes because there was a tornado in the vicinity of DIA and they evacuated everyone into the tornado shelters!

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  46. The storms have been severe as of late, as any time it even rains the power is knocked out. New York has been whacked with lightning. Last night the sky was simply hazy, no full clouds, and yet you could see lightning sparking seemingly at random all along the horizon. So far off that I never heard a single clap of thunder.

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  47. my cat is not a fan either....he freaks out the first sound of thunder...i like to stand on the porch and watch as the storms come in...we have had some pretty powerful ones...but not in the last week...though it is still damp out...and cold...i need some sun to burn it off so i can mow...

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  48. Do we have thunderstorms?! Haha, yes and often. Like you, I find them calming. My mother and grandmother were terrified of them. In fact, my grandmother would sprinkle holy water in each room of the house while a storm raged.

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  49. I'm more likely to be scampering with Ruby than I am to be thanking the weather gods/goddesses in response to a thunderstorm. It's nice that you can see so much beauty in them. You're a better person than I (or Ruby). Smiles.

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  50. It's monsoon season here in the pointy lands, so thunder, lightning, hale, the whole shebang. It can be quite fantastic, unless, of course, you're caught up on the tundra where there's no shelter-had that happen once, got lucky...although, I've never made it to treeline quicker.

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  51. Thunderstorms with rain always sound wonder, though I scare for sound of thunder and lightning falling near, I enjoy the moment like never turn back. I love the blowing wind just before it start showering.

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  52. ja het kan zeker heel mooi zijn de natuur op zijn sterkst.

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  53. Having survived more hurricanes than I can count, I do not love storms! I can appreciate the awe of such fearsome power and majesty -- but I prefer to see it in a photo! Thanks for visiting my blog! :-)

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  54. They scare me.ACtually,tehy've scarred my mind.

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  55. We do get bad storms and have been known to lose power. I used to love them when I was young. I would stand outside in a storm and scare my poor grandmother! Last night we had a tornado watch! Storms always remind me of the huge power of God...

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  56. I think thunderstorms are awesome. We used to get some massive ones when I lived in Florida. Like you, I've always been fascinated by them. I like watching the lightening streak across the sky, and the dark, ominous thunder clouds. (I don't like ones that come with tornadoes, though. I've experience a few of those.)

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  57. I am not a fan. That could be because I have lived in three separate houses that all had lightning strikes so close that serious damage was done. The first time it took down a tree, traveled to the outside power box and traveled that line burning up every electrical device in the house. Not fun. The second time it hit close to the house and knocked out the garage door opener. Not as bad as the first time, but still not fun. The third, and most recent time, it struck close to the house and took out a television and everything else plugged into that outlet.

    Let's just say that I am a bit concerned about walking around in a thunderstorm. I think I might be magnetic.

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  58. We don't get a whole lot here, but when we do I love to watch the show. I taught my son at an early age not to fear thunderstorms and he taught his kids the same thing.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  59. My husband and I love to sit in our covered veranda and listen and watch the storm. I love it! Thankfully our furry kids are aok. My mom hated them-reminded her of the bombings she survived(she is German). Every time a storm came and there was thunder my black lab would go upstairs to my mom's apartment and sit with her to calm her

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  60. I enjoy them too. My one dog is like your cat though. She runs for cover under our bed.

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  61. We get our fair share and this season seems to be never ending. I've never liked storms, and the older I get, the more I dislike them. I'm talking about bad storms...gentle rains I love...but we rarely get those. In fact, this is the first year ever that I have seriously debated buying a storm shelter.

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  62. We don't get many thunderstorms. I like them. I have a Cd Blues naturally which has a good thunder section on it. And of course I have a favorite tune on thunder, Eddie Rabbit's I love a stormy night.

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  63. I'm going to look for that app! Does that answer your question :)
    Great description.

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  64. We get quite a few thunder storms here and I too like them. We sit on the front porch until the rain drives us inside.

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  65. I think most people love storms if they were honest.........there is something quite biblical about them

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  66. Poor Ruby! I'd like to think ear plugs might help, but if she's anything like the first two dogs in my life, she senses the storm long before she hears proof. As for you, that app idea makes me laugh. I have good memories of thunderstorms. My sister and I would be invited to leave our beds to join our parents on our enclosed veranda. Our job was to count the seconds between the thunder and lightening and figure out how far away the lightening struck. What an adventure! That said, I fear lightening if I am outside. (Black Jack is not bothered by thunderstorms at all.)

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  67. Hi There, We had watches and warnings and lots of thunder and lightning here for a couple of days ---BUT NO RAIN... I was disappointed -but should not complain since some people in TN had tornadoes, lost homes, etc... SO---guess I am glad we are fine here. We do need rain though ---and I'm like you. I love rain!!!!

    Pets don't like storms... There are some kinds of things you can get for pets which would help...
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  68. As I'm sitting here listening to the sounds of rolling thunder this is so very apropos. Here in Houston we don't have this too often, except for this summer it has been like the tropics. And, certainly, we need the rain. I've just discovered you via Heather in Arles. She is so dear to me. And, I do love Kentucky. I'm following!!

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  69. We're about to get a storm, altho there was no news about it on the weather station this morning. We get a lot because of the meeting of hot and cold air swirling around up there. Ha, like I would know. I agree it's spectacular to watch. Where our house sits faces southwest and we see awesome cloud formation.

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  70. That picture is exactly what it looks like outside right now. I live in Florida . . . the Lightning Capital, so we do get a LOT of thunderstorms. I don't like them at all. When one is especially bad, I stuff my writing notebooks from my desk into my backpack and hold onto it in case I have to seek shelter. It can get pretty scary outside . . . says the woman who wrote Hurricane Crimes. HAHA! Yes, I see the irony in that. :P

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  71. I love a crazy, wild storm. It gets the adrenalin pumping, the heart jumping and excitement. As long as it doesn't start fires! Summer is when it rocks and rolls here. And wind. Love it. I too sleep like a baby! Lol!
    Cheri

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  72. Thunderstorms can paint the sky beautiful colors! We had a big one here the other night. The dog had to sleep with my daughter, she was so scared. What's funny is she woke my daughter up when the storm was over to be let out of the bedroom so she could go downstairs to her usual sleeping spot.

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  73. Hi Keith,

    Something wonderful about a storm and I enjoy them too.
    Have read on a lot of other blogs and they are experiencing storms where they are. We get a few here but mostly in winter.
    Enjoy your week
    C

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  74. We had a storm the other night here in Toronto. I crawled into my cozy bed and watched the free light show ;-)

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  75. The worst/best storms I've ever survived were in Darwin, northern Australia. Woah, the earth moves with each thunderclap, the lightning seems non stop (beautiful photos!) and the rain would drown you if you were stupid enough to walk outside. And they hit like clockwork ~ 3 pm, but can go on for hours in the wet season.

    Denise

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  76. Love the wild power, hate the destruction.

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  77. I too love the sheer wild beauty but not the destruction ~ It was the same with our ice storm here ~ Really beautiful crystals, pure as water, but so deadly ~ Have a good week Bjorn ~

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  78. Poor Ruby! Our animals get freaked out by storms too, but I also love them - as long as I'm safe indoors and have access to a basement if a tornado is a possibility. My favorite thing is a dark sky, lots of thunder and lots of rain. I love the sound. Beautiful photo, by the way.

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  79. Love thunderstorms and rain too! Though we don't really get 'weather" at all here in the Bay Area, its pretty much the same all the time, we haven't had rain in eons is the downsides.
    We do get a lot of fireworks because of A's baseball and the parks in San Fran and our dog does not seem to mind them (I guess because he can put up with the kids' constant squabbling)

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  80. Yeah we get rain..sometimes thunderstorms...i have to think when the last time we got thunderstorms. I am sure we have recently...The weathermen are calling for showers tonight but last night and in the last couple of nights we were supposed to get really severe thunderstorms.

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  81. We haven't had as many storms lately as I would like, as weird as that sounds. They're so calming! (As long as there aren't tornado warnings attached to it!!!)

    xo

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  82. I enjoy them as well, they can be calming

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  83. They scare the crap out of me. We do get some pretty big ones here. I hate when they wake me in the middle of the night.

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  84. I enjoy the power of nature that storms reveal, but I do get a little jumpy when the thunder and lightening are nearby. We get storms pretty often. I worry the most about the power going out. :-)

    When I was a child, whenever we had a thunderstorm, we had to turn off all the lights and TV and sit in the living room in the dark and wait it out. Larry had the same experience as a child. I guess our parents were really worried!

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  85. Keith,
    I'm so glad to hear that someone likes thunderstorms as much as I do. They are so cool, right? But when it turns into lightening, I get a bit scared. I always look out the window when storms come our way. You're right.....they're powerful and beautiful. Some people fear them, but it's nice that you appreciate them when they are coming your way.

    ~Sheri

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  86. We do have thunderstorms in Hawaii too. They used to be really, really rare but we get them more often now. It isn't something I'm happy about because we often lose power when we get them. Still I'm always in awe of the power of nature and like to watch it out my window.

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  87. We had a mild one today. First one in awhile. Have you ever been through a Florida thunderstorm? That deep rumbling, very loud thunder is amazing, awesome, incredible. The lightning, not so much. ;)

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  88. I love them too. For me they show the power of nature, a good reminder how small we (humans) are compared to other forces on earth.

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  89. We talked about this on Instagram, but I love them! I also feel very lucky that Mina doesn't really pay much attention, although there have been a few times that she was startled by a sudden and loud burst of thunder or lightning.

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  90. Sometimes we get thunderstorms here in Oregon that are so loud!! On other occasions they sound like bowling balls rolling down a lane. My cats also hate thunder and lightning.

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  91. I love them - such a force of nature - we have had quite a few lately due to the unusual humidity we have been having. They are fantastic to watch and I love that feeling of the storm getting closer and closer - oh the anticipation

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  92. I'm afraid of thunderstorms. In summer when I live in a small summer house I always think in thunderstorm: what is the roof made from? And I turn off all devices, TV and computer and close the windows.

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  93. What an intense skyshot!! Wow. It's beautiful [weak descriptive word, I know...but beautiful it is!]

    I love a Summer Storm. We have 'em here, but lately....not so much. We should, but drought keeps 'em from us, sadly.

    Loved reading this, and it's nice to know someone who enjoys a summer rainstorm/thunderstorm as I do.

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  94. oh I don't like thunderstorms with lightening especially if they are I am always worried I may be hit by lightening or our house and all our electrical appliances zapped to death.

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  95. I can enjoy thunderstorms if I am at home and every one is home as well. As a child I used to imagine that the swaying trees were angry.

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  96. I love storms, too, especially when the thunder and lighting are very intense. (And yes, like you, as long as no one is hurt, of course...)

    I've never truly figured out why they appeal to me so much, but one of the reasons I can think of is that it proves that Mother Nature rules; that man is at her mercy, and there are things we cannot control/change/ruin. The power of Mother Nature, which forces humans to be humble, somehow gives me comfort. Weird, no?

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  97. As a child, I LOVED thunderstorms. Their powerful majesty left me in awe.
    As an adult? Whenever I hear one of those bastards coming, I worry about a tree falling on the house.
    Sometimes, I miss the innocence of childhood...

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  98. Storms have never really been calming to me. I wish they were! I hate the noise...and it makes me nervous that the power will go out. For a while there, the power went out here every time it stormed. It seems to be getting better. And yeah, my dog goes NUTS when it storms! She vibrates like crazy. We try calming her down but there's not much we can do. I wonder if a thunder shirt would work, but holding her doesn't seem to calm her down and that's all a thunder shirt seems to accomplish, from what I've read--the feeling that they're being held.

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  99. Gorgeous photo! I LOVE thunderstorms.

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  100. I didn't know what a true lightening storm was until I moved to Florida. Imagine if you will, an hour or two straight of lightning bolts striking every one to 3 seconds. It's our own natural fireworks, and they're gorgeous. When it starts storming like that, my hubby and I like to sit out and watch. Nature is amazing.

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  101. I've never been a big fan of thunderstorms, but they water my garden for me, which is always a plus :-)

    I love the word "enamored" and I love that you used it. What a beautiful word!

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  102. Hi Keith, I love storms, too! I think it is all that electrical energy in the air! We don't get thunder and lightning storms very often here, but when we do it is pretty spectacular and also dangerous, as they spark wildfires. I have had lightning bolts come very close to me on a couple of occasions - the sound is ear splitting. When I was a child a large tree was split in two right in our front yard by lightning. I have respect for storms, but also feel energized by them. xo

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  103. Oh yes, a thunder and lightning storm is so dramatic and exciting, i love them (so long as I'm indoors looking out!)

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  104. I love a storm . . . the sound of the wind . . . A Thunder Shirt saves the storm day for our little ten pounds of barking fluff. We manage to get plenty of thunder storms here in Michigan.

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  105. Thunderstorms in summer are my favorite. The worst though is when it's raining in the morning and my alarm goes off. It's almost impossible to get up with that sound, it's just too wonderful!

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  106. Storms fascinate me. I like to count between the lightning and thunder to see how far away they are. I sleep well with rain falling.

    I love rain because I know how it nourishes the land and life around me.

    I have seen tornadoes through the door of the basement and cellars I have known. Thank goodness they have only been visible and not directly on us.

    As a child I thought I could be Pecos Bill and ride one but knew I would have better luck riding the calves.

    Beautiful peaceful post.

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  107. i love thunderstorms too, and is also one of my favorites parts about summer. this summer has been perfect in portland, lots and lots of sunshine, so when we have gotten rain it's been in the form of thunderstorms which makes it all okay. luckily our dog isn't fazed by them at all . . . walk by a garbage can however, and she freaks out ;)

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  108. We don't get many thunderstorms in Las Vegas. But when Monsoon season hits in August and September then we will get a few.

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  109. Keith, I LOVE being rattled by nature and realizing and respecting its intensity and potential. I too feel very safe and sleep better when 'she' is telling us something.

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  110. I really love thunderstorms and the heavy monsoon down pours we get here in Arizona. Great pictures!

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  111. I was pleasantly surprised when we had a random thunderstorm here in San Diego this past Saturday. We don't get them often and that's one of the things I miss the most about Utah! Sometimes I just crave a good storm.

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  112. I love a good storm. as a young girl, I sat on our front porch for every one that rolled by. The fury of wind holds the most excitement.

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  113. We get very few thunderstorms in California at any time of year, but I love them. When I was a child we would trek to Utah every summer to visit my grandfather. Even now, when I smell a summer storm it transports me back to those days. Utah has some amazing thunder and lightning shows, and I love it when I can witness one of them. There's nothing like the light of the sky during a storm or the smell of wet earth on the wind. Reminds me also of playing in the garage as a kid because we couldn't be out in the yard during a storm but we wanted to be outside! My mom would open the garage door, and the cool breeze would come in while we played and watched the rain come down. And if we were lucky, there was thunder and lightning. If we were really lucky, the power went out, and we'd do things by candlelight. Not fun for my mom, I'm sure, but as a kid, that was living!

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  114. that is truly an amazing photo, I share you love of storms and now I know someone that listens to them every night, lol as I do, I have it on my old MP3 player, I put ear phones in listen to it every night, I know my Mother told me I was tempting fate with my love of a good storm but I feel only a sense of calm and comfort when the air gets heavy and the thunder rolls, of course i must say I do not like the destruction of a storm but here in the North we have never suffered the horrible destruction of the storms, except forest fires and that is a tragic result of storms, I suppose I might fear them if we had tornadoes and hurricanes, , but I do have a healthy respect for Mother Nature, she is a powerful force! Thank you so much for the kind comment on my blog,

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  115. I absolutely LOVE thunderstorms (as long as I'm in side though!) I think they are so beautiful and so powerful, just like your title :)

    One of my dogs is terrified of thunder though... so I get extra cuddles from her when it happens.

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  116. While I don't share your love of snow and cold, I do agree that thunderstorms are one of my favorite things about summer. As long as they don't knock the power out, I say "Bring them on!"

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  117. I'm the same way! I love thunderstorms and would love to fall asleep to them on a nightly basis. I'm glad to hear you've been getting some in Kentucky!

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  118. We do have crazy thunderstorms here in Minneapolis -- and the possibility of tornadoes as well. I love them, but only if I'm safe. Growing up in a trailer, I had more storm encounters than I care to remember. Man, but there's nothing like a trailer-shaking wind!!

    Pearl

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  119. I love them especially at the ocean...and when they last all day and night..

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  120. we've been having rain every day for the past month or so - I like it - the lightning not so much.

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  121. i love a good storm, too. especially when it makes my (now bigger) boys come running into our room for comfort =)

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  122. I live in north central Alabama and yes we get thunderstorms. I love them at a distance, but too often they stomp their way right over my house headed to the north east taking our lights with it.
    In spring and fall, they tend to be more violent, and less attractive.
    Lightening struck a tree near my dad while he hunted several years ago. He did not sustain a direct hit, but it was close enough it knocked him down. He swore he heard a radio playing in his head for months afterward.

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  123. I like storms to a degree but the last one was scary. The lightening cracked too close for comfort.

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  124. We were driving our camper through that storm a day or so after it hit you while we were in Maine. Really intense!

    Our little border collie hated thunder storms. She'd hide in the bathtub-- one time curled up in a sink, though she spilled out more than she fit, but she was determined to stuff herself in.

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  125. We get our fair share of thunder bumpers in the GA Alps. I love watching...from a safe distance, of course...

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  126. I love thunderstorms and rain when I am in home, not at the time I am returning or going to work :p

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  127. Thunderstorms have the exact opposite effect on me. They usually keep me wide awake until they settle down. We've had a lot of storms this summer, and it's the best our grass and flowers have looked in years.

    Julie

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  128. I love a good storm- as long as I am indoors and hunkered down with a good book!

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  129. I am not a big fan of them, especially the storms that produce tornado's. We have had too many of those this year.

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  130. I may be weird, but I like thunderstorms as long as I'm safely inside and the lightning doesn't strike too close. Some of my extended family who is very religious, wouldn't allow anyone to move or say anything during a storm. No playing, no speaking, everyone would just have to be quiet and still. It was something about The glory of God being exhibited through the storm.

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  131. We usually have very few thunderstorms here, but this year has been an exception. We've had six in July alone, and even had a couple in January (the first time I have ever witnessed that!).
    They fascinate me. I could watch them for hours, but only from inside. I wouldn't dare venture outdoors during one. I am a coward at heart! *smiles* ;)

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  132. I'm a bit ambivalent about them. I fear them because they have hurt people I know. But on the other hand, I think they're beautiful and they create something in the air that makes me feel as if I'm dreaming.

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  133. I enjoy watching a storm and the lightning. As long as it is not close.. Luckily my dog Goldie Girl does not seem scared of the thunder.. One of my previous dogs used to run and hide in a closet. All you could see was her nose and eyes peering out from behind my hubby's shirts. We are expecting a rainy weekend, not sure about the thunder and lightning.. Happy weekend to you!

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  134. I love storms! I used to love in Malawi watching the silent lightening storms across the Lake. Thunderstorms I'm less fond of, as the loud th7under makes me jump!

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  135. I'm with you - I love listening to (and watching thunderstorms) from the safety of home! They must be amazing across the mountains.

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  136. I love watching storms, but when it`s storming almost every day I can`t wait for it to pass..

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  137. I LOVE storms as well, probably because we don't get many here in the desert Southwest. I remember once, back in the late 90's, a hurricane came through that became a tropical storm once it hit land, and it was the COOLEST THING EVER! Everyone was putting up sandbags and stuff, there was a ton of flooding (didn't know/care about the damage 'cause I was a kid, I just liked seeing the streets filled with water!), and the electricity even went out. We lit candles and camped out in the living room. It was great.

    My family has had a cassette tape of a recorded thunderstorm for as long as I can remember (I own it now), and we used to turn off the lights, light candles, and play the Thunderstorm tape at night sometimes. It was very soothing. I loved it. We had a Wolf Howl tape as well, but didn't listen to that one as much.

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  138. I used to love storms, but over the years, I seem to have developed a real fear of tornadoes, and now I don't welcome the storm like I used to. When the storms hit here last weekend, the thunder and lightning was so intense right outside my window I was sure I felt my apartment shaking, and that the window was about to blow in. I hate being afraid of something I used to love!

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  139. I'm going to have to search for that app!
    I love a good storm, I love the rain...
    One of the reasons I love England so much!
    Tammy

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  140. Nothing like a good thunderstorm! We get quite a few of them during August here in Finland.

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  141. Honey!! Don't you call my poor little Ruby Sue a wuss!!?? ;) LOL
    I love thunderstorms, too. I love listening to the rain outside, the window wide open, wrapped in a blanket watching the rain falling, seeing the lightning and hearing the thunder rolling in. I can't wait to enjoy thunderstorms together with you, out on our porch, wrapped in each other's arms <3

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  142. Thunderstorms are magnificent, however Abbie does not agree.

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