Wow - look at that thing boil up! I love thunderstorms - we didn’t get much of that one yesterday. Just a few booms and that’s about it. On the other hand, my plants didn’t all get pounded flat, for which I am grateful.
No, instead they issued a “severe thunderstorm watch.” Either way, when they do that, we know we’re going to get walloped.
Having survived being out in it (I pulled my car over and just waited it out), I will say that the winds were stronger than I’ve ever experienced. There was speculation last night and this morning that there was a tornado, but the meteorologists said no. They did indicate that the winds reached 135 km/h (83 mph), which would explain why the rain and hail at times went sideways.
Which is why our local minor hockey team is called the Hurricanes. I’m rather glad that they’re not called the Tornados, as that might be tempting fate just a little too much.
There was lightning and thunder, and plenty of both; in the lead-up to the storm. However, during the storm itself, visibility was zero (preventing me from seeing any lightning), and the noise of the rain and hail on the car would have drowned out any thunder.