Just had a brief storm here with torrential rain, high wind and lots of lightning. It didn't last long, but it was still lightning around the area. I thought twice, but my curiosity got the best of me and I walked back to the dam to see if I had a pond.
I witnessed lightning striking and starting a fire for the fifth time with the rain putting it out about as fast as the lightning started it. I know the general area it struck and it wasn't far away. Should be somewhere northwest of here. I'd say about a third mile. When lightning strikes sand it causes what is called a Fulgurite. You can search on the term to see pictures of some found. Anyway knowing about where it struck I may go see if I can find it if I ever get a set of snake boots or may try it in the winter time.
Just noticed more damage from the trip to Alpine the day they were graveling 118. Believe it or not the headlight still works on both low and high beam. I'll still be out the cost of a new bulb before I can get an inspection though.
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