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Thursday, August 26, 2021

wet 'n wild
Almost as soon as I got home from the office yesterday, it started to storm. As usual, it felt like it was directly on top of me, with near-incessant thunder and lightning. The building shook, my power went out three times (the 2-second outages that are typical in these situations; most annoying aspect is turning the TV back on and resetting clocks), and things outside got drenched.

Really didn’t seem like anything too out of the ordinary, especially for a summer evening in Tampa Bay. The continual lightning flashes tend to make me a bit jumpy, but otherwise, I hardly noticed it.

Turns out, this was no typical storm:

At 6 p.m., lightning was striking the area at a rate of about 1,500 times every 15 minutes, meteorologists said. The number slowly tapered, and by 7 p.m., it was about 500 to 600 strikes every 15 minutes. Lightning was believed to be the cause of a fire that destroyed a home in South Tampa, fire officials said. No serious injuries were reported.

Yes, this is why the local hockey team is dubbed “Lightning”.

This brings to mind a thought I had during the trials and tribulations of Charley: Why do we even have weather anymore? Haven’t we advanced beyond it? Can’t we put our technological resources toward doing away with it? Let’s just turn this planet into one gigantic Biosphere, with a constant temperature of 70 degrees, low humidity and moderate sunshine year-round. Scienticians, get to work!

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 08/26/2004 04:06:51 PM
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