Mother Nature’s Firework Show

I’m typing this on a Saturday morning, and I’m hearing these noises once every few moments rumbling outside. There’s a morning thunderstorm in the area, but I don’t know if it’ll rain.

Here on the west coast of Florida, it could be sunny one minute, stormy the next, thanks to the very humid weather. Thunderstorms go off like putting popcorn in a microwave if the atmospheric conditions are right, and they often are.

Sure enough, I just got an alert off of my Weather Channel IPhone app as I type this. Not a storm warning, but a special weather statement. There’s some storms just west of me that have flared up.

My weather advice in times like these? Turn off anything you don’t need to use, like the TV, modem, and so forth. If the power flashes or is lost, turn off the air conditioner, as you won’t need it as the rain keeps the temps down.

My rule of thumb as to when the best time to power down is if you can see lightning in daytime hours, or if you can hear thunder before counting off three seconds once you see a flash of lightning.

Don’t be stupid and stay outside like I did one day in 2007, though I wasn’t in any danger.