With thunderstorms last night across a number of main centres, we wanted to know – Do you love thunderstorms? Vote in our poll below!
on 28/08/2009 2:37am
Over 20 years ago when I was living in the Wairarapa I drove home from a friend’s house, only about a km from home. As I left a thunderstorm was hanging around the Tararuas.
As I drove down the main road a mini tornado scooted through right in front of me, fortunately wasn’t enough to do damage or lift the car, just a few tree leaves flying around in circles.
I arrived home and rushed inside, as I did so it was just starting to hail heavily. Literally as I walked in the door the lights dipped right down and there was an almighty crack from a power point and/or aerial socket, and the lights dipped right down but came back up again. I don’t recall hearing any thunder. As you will notice I survived: nothing happened to me at all apart from an almighty fright!
Surprisingly the fridge connected to the power point still worked, but the phone was out of action.
So now I would rather do without thunderstoms thank you lol. Though as they are needed as part of natural climate processes I guess I should appreciate them….
on 27/08/2009 3:56am
Thunderstorms are awesome !!!!!!!
just love the power of nature.
would love to go Tornado chasing in the USA
on 27/08/2009 5:41am
I’m with you Tony!! Just waiting for that Lotto win!!! Toni 🙂
on 26/08/2009 10:55pm
Having witness first hand lighting strikes, and seen my uncle killed by fork lightning some many years ago on the Bombays Auckland, the answer is No!
Having witness them in the states including fire storms – I rather be far away from them indeed
on 26/08/2009 8:28am
I shouldve been a weather girl in my younger, slimmer and prettier days! :o)
on 26/08/2009 7:11am
Love a good storm, but always seem to miss out on the thunder and lightning here in kapiti! Levin seems to get all of our’s. Enjoy watching the Lightning Tracker update during the night! Much more fun than watching t.v at times?!
on 26/08/2009 8:16am
It’s funny that you say that Melissa – the Lightning Tracker is our most popular link and the average time spent on it is about 5 minutes which is quite long.