As The Storms Go Rolling By

There’s something about electronic violence in the atmosphere that quiets me down. Kipling referred to it in The Jungle Books, about how rain seems to quiet down every sort of animal. Add that to the sound of the ocean (or Gulf of Mexico), and I’d be completely content to sit and listen to the world around me.

I live out in the country, so I can’t always be happy when a storm rolls by. If the power goes out while I’m working, I have a shitfit trying to recover anything I’d be working on. Over the past several years, I’ve learned to just do something non-electronic related if Zeus is causing a ruckus. The lost time I could have worked does tend to grate at me, though.

I did manage to take some time to sit on the sofa and watch the storm roll by. There was some lightning, and for a moment I thought I heard a tornado siren go off. As it turned out, it was just the wind blowing through the chimney.

Sometimes I get the urge to just run outside during a storm. The rain doesn’t bother me, and the thought of getting struck by lightning amuses me to no end. I know several people who’d attribute it to Thor and his hammer rather than some jackass human lightning rod in the middle of a storm. Still, I like smelling the air after a storm and feeling the thunder rattle my bones.

I wonder if ancient people liked it at all. Some might have, though the cowards that went into the caves were more likely to survive long enough to pass on their genes. Or maybe I’m just waxing too philosophical.

When I see lightning and hear thunder, I think that it’s something that even the dinosaurs probably had to deal with. All that’s going on is the exchange of electrons from the atmosphere to the ground. It affects animals all the same. I like that, because it reminds me that I am part of that which is around me. It makes the anxiety a little more bearable, and the depression a little less dark – even for just a moment.

5 thoughts on “As The Storms Go Rolling By

  1. I suspect that early people like you took advantage of their lack of fear of thunderstorms to “defy the gods” and achieve a greater status in their tribe. The physically stronger males acquired status through prowess and supposedly force. That left the beta, gamma, and delta males either “sucking hind teat” or having to use their wits to achieve higher status. I think it is these people who supplied the interpretations that gods existed. Defying a god was more impressive than defying a storm.

    And you are not alone in your love of electrical storms. I remember standing on a roof in the middle of the night in San Diego surrounded by lightning. After a spell I decided it wasn’t a good idea to be up there, holding onto a TV antenna mast. (Duh!) I was glorious though!

    On Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 10:19 PM, Amusing Nonsense wrote:

    > Sirius Bizinus posted: ” There’s something about electronic violence in > the atmosphere that quiets me down. Kipling referred to it in The Jungle > Books, about how rain seems to quiet down every sort of animal. Add that to > the sound of the ocean (or Gulf of Mexico), and I’d b” >

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  2. I have always enjoyed electrical storms, even after feeling the intense heat and blinding flash when lightning struck a step-down transformer in front of our house. Or perhaps the recognition of the power of nature revealed in that strike gives me a sense of awe whenever I experience nature’s fury.

    And as a storm ebbs, there’s a particular freshness and smell in the atmosphere which I feel very calming. I believe that smell is due to ozone which is created during an electrical discharge.

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  3. As a meteorologist, storms and clouds are what drove me to the profession. Beautiful thoughts SB.

    I think storms would have been viewed with mixed feelings by early man. On one hand they would certainly have understood the importance of rain to helping things grow and having a health supply of water, so storms would have been an overall good thing. And just of course having a general cooling impact in hot climates. Lightning would have coursed killed people and there have been some strange beliefs associated with lightning in the past. For instance, in ancient China they believed that those who were struck by lightning were being punished by the gods for being disrespectful to their parents. lol Before humans could make their own fire, lightning was the only way for fire to start naturally, so that might have been a good or bad thing. Interesting to think about for sure!

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