Saturday, December 5, 2009

The evening light show

Most rainfall in South Africa is in the summer, and for the past couple of weeks in Johannesburg this has been delivered by a spectacular storm every evening, generally starting about seven o'clock but sometimes earlier. The rain comes down in bullets - I hear this on my roof, to the extent that conversation or watching TV is impossible over the background roar. At the peak of the storm there's bright cracking forked lighting, generally travelling as normal from the clouds to the earth, but sometimes licking horizontally across the underbelly of the cloud cover. Before, during and after the storm there are all-sky flashes of light which can go on for several hours - this is almost theatrical, like storm effects at the opera. Here are a few seconds from last night:

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