Here in New England we get our share of rain accompanied by lightning and thunder.
Often times the storm builds to a crescendo and gradually subside. Then not too long after we get the lightning, thunder and rain again, during which time someone almost certainly will observe that the storm has ‘circled back’.
My question is, does this actually happen? Do storms frequently flow in a circular pattern, and “circle back” to nail us again?? It seems unlikely if we go by the doppler radar we see on TV weather reports. They show the storms traveling (short distances) in straight lines never circularly.
Are the re-occurrences of this activity, then, simply storms behind the ‘first’ storm? —if you get my drift.