Was going to the nearby (actually nearest) grocery store to pick up hamburger meat for my almost famous gringo tacos. (Its one of my 5 recipes deemed fit for family consumption.) I had just starting pulling into the parking lot and I had 2 strikes of lightning hit the asphalt about 100 feet away about 5 seconds apart. Sometimes its real easy to hear from the Supreme Being. The basic message was get your car turned around and get back home, at least as I understood it. The EMP pulse was enough to make the ignition system hiccup and the car stalled. I've got an automatic transmission otherwise I would have assumed that it was my left foot slipping off the clutch. Since the 2 strikes were heading toward me, I assumed #3 was to hit the top of my car. A quick ninety degree turn and luckily no third strike. That's about as close as I want to get.
The sound was slightly attenuated but still loud enough for me to clearly hear it. The sound of the 2 strikes was like ripping metal sheets terminated with a very loud concussion grenade immediately on its tail. No more than a couple of seconds each one. I'll never forget the sound, better than anything in a Star Wars movie.
The grocery store is only a mile away. The lightning started after I got into the car and started driving. It was ugly overhead and windy but no rain yet and little lightning at a distance.
So how do I know that its still Spring? The bad weather was coming from the north and the rain was freaking cold! Summer storms come from off the Gulf of Mexico and the monsoon rains are warm or hot. So even though the daytime temps have been in the nineties for the last 3 to 4 weeks, its still not hot enough to turn the storms around the other way.
Now just 45 minutes later, the sun has come back out, the humidity is probably 110% and the temp is 85 and rising and its 7:30PM local time. Welcome to Texas' Gulf Coast. Back to our other news.....