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If You See The Lightning and Hear The Thunder ...
by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

Saturday, August 01, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.
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... it missed you. This one a bit too close. ....

Image and video (c) 2009, Karla Dorman

It's said that if you see
the lightning and hear the
thunder, it missed you.  This
one a bit too close.  We've
had a strange year, weather
wise:  our severe season

began early, then got
smashed by the Death Ridge of
high pressure.  This past week,
storms nearly every
day:  the other morning,
rudely jolted awake

by tornado sirens.
Yesterday afternoon,
the bottom dropped out with
heavy rain and spiders
dancing across the sky.
Today, a stepped leader

followed by a bolt in
the parking lot followed
by nearly instant crack
that shook the camera
in my hands and my nerves:
what will tomorrow bring?!?  =]

(c) 2009, Karla Dorman (8/1) 

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Reviewed by Juliet Waldron 8/8/2009
You live in Storm Central!! Amazing photos, and a fascinating weather tale, as always. Did you ever see that charming old X Files about the Weatherman? I always think of you when it (rarely this summer) thunders here--
Reviewed by Jon Willey 8/7/2009
Karla, you have described one of the unique experiences in life -- the tremendous power of lightening and thunder,the concussive energy wave from lightening -- thunder, rattles the entire body so that we actually can experience feeling our ribs vibrate -- there is no sensation on earth that equals it -- an adrenaline junkies high -- this is great work, poem and photo -- peace and love my friend -- Jon Michael
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 8/7/2009
I feel stressed out just reading about it, Karla! Hugs,
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 8/6/2009
Karla, I hope you continue to SEE and HEAR the lightning
and thunder. That's some wild weather scene you have out there.
Occasionally, here in South Jersey, we get a lightning show
over the meadowlands that outdoes the July 4th fireworks.
Your word pictures always fascinting. -gene.
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 8/5/2009
Powerful description. It blew out my moden last week. yikes!. Hugs, J'nia
Reviewed by Cryssa C 8/4/2009
As my family gathered at the local park in preparation for the fireworks on July 4th a severe thunderstorm hit. Everyone ran for shelter. Unfortunately, someone didn't make it and was struck by lightening less than 15 feet from the shelter. He died later that evening. It put a somber mood on the festivities... The forces of nature can be quite scary...
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 8/3/2009
I've been around a few of those instant flash bangs and everytime it scares the ***t out of me. On the bright side you got to hear the thunder as opposed to waking up as a nuked hotdog. Patrick
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 8/3/2009
oh my, the weather has been crazy all over..we desperately need rain as ponds etc are dried up.....stay safe :)
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 8/3/2009
I know it's been rough Karla, I hope it settles down and the "close" theory means little when the lightning cracks and thunder booms outside your window.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 8/2/2009
I've not experienced anything as dramatic or 'close call' as that except once here in Singapore during a thunder and lightning performance when a bolt struck the beautiful flame tree in the park and absolutely fried it in front of my eyes...rocked me back on my heels.
Stay safe, Sweet Lady.

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 8/2/2009
... your descriptive visuals make me think of enraged celebs shaking their fists at the hoardes of paparazzi, Karla! "No cameras... I said NO CAMERAS!!" Take great care, dear heart, as you Storm Spin and Chase... And Tornado Sirens??? My goodness, nature down your way certainly means business... Stay sage and safe xxx
Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 8/2/2009
Wow! Sounds like some weird weather out there!Nice poem Karla.

With Love,
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 8/2/2009
Living in the midwest I am one of the ones that love a good thunder and lighting show...well done, Karla
peace, Carole~
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 8/2/2009
Karla, glad you explained "spiders" in an earlier submission. Very visually well written. However, as beautiful as a storm may seem, at least to me in Southern California where we hardly ever have lightening, I would surely get tired of it very quickly, certainly along with the humid heat.
Your friend in Southern California, Mark
Reviewed by Dallas D'Angelo-Gary 8/2/2009
The weather seems to be severe in every direction ... too cold, too hot, storms and wind. What's next? It's anybody's bet.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/2/2009
Fantastic video and poem, Karla; the weather here lately has been crazy, hasn't it?? Glad the stormy period has moved on by, now we have HEAT! *UGHHH* What's worse? Storms or heat? (Right now, I'd pick the storms; cooler temps, for one thing! Just don't need all the other fun stuff! No, ma'am! LOL) At least you've been busy chasing; the storms keep you occupied! LOL Very well penned/illustrated; brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your twin (and reluctant chase partner!), Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 8/2/2009
Great writing...thunder and lightning can be scarey.....stay safe and well always...Hugss
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 8/2/2009
I don't mind thunder and lightning so long as its in the distance--was it you who said you can count between the thunder and lightning to tell how many miles away it is? Stay safe, Karla.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 8/2/2009
Days back, heavy rains here too and then...I grabbed my camera because I thought at that moment "Karla would have liked it" and snapped a few shots of a double rainbow, whose western ends were ending near my top flat. Went there to see about the pot of gold, no luck!
I will post the pictures with some words soon.


Reviewed by Felix Perry 8/2/2009
Strong visuals that make one automatically look to the window to see if it is storming outside...

Reviewed by Rose Rideout 8/2/2009
Now if the weather could be as sweet as the words you write and share Karla, what a blessing. Thank you for sharing.

Newfie hugs,are on the way, Rose
Reviewed by Paul Berube 8/2/2009
Maybe tomorrow you'll hear the lightning and see the thunder. Interesting write, Karla. Stay safe.
Reviewed by neerja gandhi 8/2/2009
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 8/2/2009
But think how beautifully it's enabled you to write!
Reviewed by Lori Moore 8/1/2009
Watching those storms form is a fascinating sight and can be frightening at times. One of the only things I don't miss about home is the tornadoes. Nice write.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/1/2009
Karla, I'm so glad if you have to go through such nightmarish weather,at least you can write about it! Well done!...ET
Reviewed by jude forese 8/1/2009
there was a tornado in new jersey few days ago ... tore a few roofs off ...very rare in this area of the northeast ... i certainly empathize with your continuing apprehension ...
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 8/1/2009
Scary I am glad I live in Cali, above the fault line, I can tell you when we were driving over the bay bridge yesterday I was praying remaembering the quake of 89! I'm praying for you, Karen let me know the good news, glad you guys are finally getting some assistance~
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 8/1/2009
pretty scary-i cant imagine those sirens going off-

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