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What a fantastic photo!

Most parts of England saw some thunder and lightning. Ours wasn't that epic: we had sheet lightning above a roiling black cloud bank, but little thunder. The cats snoozed through it, so I'd give it a 3/10.

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There was a daytime series of lightning strikes at Venice Beach near Los Angeles that killed a 20 year old man and critically injured a 55 year old surfer. Story from the LA Times here.

Colin :icon_geek:

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Yeah, this was the lead story locally all day yesterday and today. Everybody really got freaked out about it.

I grew up in Tampa, and that's well-known as the lightning capital of the world. I think more people die in that area from being hit by lightning than anywhere else, often as many as 10-12 people a year, usually on golf courses and other flat pieces of land. Everybody would always come charging out of the water the moment lightning was around, and if there were public lifeguards on the beach, they'd sound the bullhorns and gets us all out.

They're a little more lackadasical and casual about this in LA because it doesn't happen nearly as frequently. In the 30+ years I've lived here, I don't think I've been through more than 5 or 6 severe lightning storms. In Tampa, that described a typical summer.

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What a fantastic photo!

Most parts of England saw some thunder and lightning. Ours wasn't that epic: we had sheet lightning above a roiling black cloud bank, but little thunder. The cats snoozed through it, so I'd give it a 3/10.

Wish we had, still having to carry the watering can out each night to water the garden. For some reason the storms seem to be avoiding Leicester.

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There was a daytime series of lightning strikes at Venice Beach near Los Angeles that killed a 20 year old man and critically injured a 55 year old surfer. Story from the LA Times here.

Colin :icon_geek:

Yeah, this was the lead story locally all day yesterday and today. Everybody really got freaked out about it.

They're a little more lackadasical and casual about this in LA because it doesn't happen nearly as frequently. In the 30+ years I've lived here, I don't think I've been through more than 5 or 6 severe lightning storms.

It was a very localized storm. Violent enough to injure several people and kill one with lightning strikes, but so localized that, while I live in LA, I wasn't even aware there was a storm till I read about it the next day. Where I was there were blue skies, no clouds, and no sounds of thunder whatsoever.

C

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