I remember as a child I lived on a farm with my family. Spring time came with torrential rains. And the lightning was fierce with booming thunder following closely behind. I’ve always liked watching lightning, so long as I weren’t outside. Watching it streak across the sky was exciting and a little frightening too. I’ve seen lightning strike near and far… Ohhh.. what a chill it would send down my spine.
Later, when I was old enough to drive I’d purposely drive around in the rain watching the rain and lightning. In my car I felt relatively safe. I knew not to leave the car and avoided touching metal parts. Lol I don’t know if that would really make a difference, the part about touching metal… I also rode motorcycle a lot in my 20’s I still rode in the rain but lightning made me afraid. The close or more that there was, the faster I would ride. I’d continue until I rode out of the storm or found shelter.
People have odd ideas about lightning. Some think that what protects them is the tires. Let’s think on that a moment. It takes about 10,000 volts for electricity to travel an inch through air. Voltage is additive so if lightning travels well over a mile through air, well, that is a lot of resistance to over come. Anyway, it isn’t the 6″ of tire that protects. It’s the metal of the car talking the electricity close enough so that it will jump to ground. A motorcycle works similarly but because the rider is taller, lightning could first strike the rider… Hence my fear.
Now, there are videos of weather of all kinds. I can watch all of that wondrous rain, lightning and even tornados from the comfort of my chair. But I still enjoy a storm once in a while… Just like right now 😊