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Mark Atwood
Silent Lightning
Out to the east and south, over or beyond Lake Sammamish, there is an electrical storm. Every minute or so, a double flicker momentary strobe of brilliant white light illuminates the landscape, and when I stand where no buildings block my view, occasionally I see, mostly in memory afterimage, the brilliant pillar of electrical hellfire bridging the clouds and the ground beyond the horizon.

The air is strangely still. There is no smell of rain, no wind, no sounds from the trees. Also, very strange, there is no thunder. Not a booming clap, not even a distant rumble. Not even a burst of wideband static on the weatherband radio.
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wendolen From: wendolen Date: June 18th, 2004 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Isn't that what they call heat lightening?

Cool! I didn't know we got that this side of the mountains.
gipsieee From: gipsieee Date: June 23rd, 2004 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)

not so silent lightning

It didn't stay silent.
We were on Seattle side for the grind and had just left as the lightning was starting, sat around talking for a bit and realized that it was getting more frequent and brighter, so we decided we really ought to head to the east side and home.
Round about Mercer Island we got sheeting rain, fairly heavy winds, some hail and a goodly bit of thunder to go with the lightning.
Not my idea of a good time...
But we got home safely so all is well.
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