March 9, 2006

It's Electric! - or was it?!?!?

Lightning stuck this beautiful tree in my backyard at 5:04pm! Maggie and I gotten home only 20 minutes earlier, and we park our Explorer really close to this tree. Luckily we were inside when I heard a huge "whump!" (imagine it with lots of air and force behind it). My initial thought was that a wind gust blew off the roof of our covered patio. We were very lucky that the tree was just a couple of feet too short to hit the house or the fence or the truck.

Here is a photo Tyler took the next day. I'm not sure that the tree was struck by lightning now. My Dad suggested that it might've been a wind shear that knocked it down. Regardless, the tree has become firewood.

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