Electric Avenue

We’re getting a rare treat here in the Bay Area tonight — lightning. Normally the air is pretty moist here, and though we get lots of high winds, we usually don’t get much static buildup, so there’s almost never any lightning here.

Not so tonight. From where I’m sitting right now in San Francisco, I’m seeing lightning discharges at the rate of about 3-4 per minute, far to the North-East — far enough that thunder is inaudible.

The light-show doesn’t even compare to some of the storms I’ve seen in the Tidewater, VA area, or in Kansas City where I grew up (or Chicago for that matter), but after about 15 years living in places where electrical storms are rare, the little sparks I’ve seen tonight are reminding me of simpler times…