A lot of folks were talking about lightning strikes down in Indianapolis but we had our own issues here at home. You are looking at a tree that exploded and was also stripped of its bark. We also had reports of at least 2 lightning strikes in Clinton County striking powerlines a telephone pole. This caused plenty of power outages. At one point there were 20,000 lightning bolts across Illinois and Indiana on Monday night which is the highest total I have seen in a long time. This picture sent in really shows nature's fury!
Attached is a photo I took late Monday night (7/21/08) on the east side of Lafayette. The building in the foreground is the new Clarian Arnett Hospital with the lighting in the distance. -Dennis Strohmeyer
We did not have any weather warnings, but the lightning was so vivid and prolific it would have warrented at least a lightning warning. Like the wind mills hopefully this is in the future of weather warnings. A lot of folks were caught off-guard and it would have certainly kept people from going out on their porches to watch the storms. Remember all storms are dangerous even when there are no warnings. When the thunder roars head indoors, you are in danger of being struck by lightning.
Today those cumulonimbus clouds that brought that incredible light show have been replace by fair weather cumulus or "cotton candy" clouds. This means today we can stay outdoors when the ferris wheel roars and do not forget all the good food! I am live at the fair tonight and we will show some horses, swine, and have a few surprises for you. Don't worry I have also been busy working on your weekend forecast and if anything it looks even better! Tune in to find out why and I will blog with you this evening and update everything, including the latest on Dolly. Do you remember the crazy fair weather back in 2005? We will have more on this here on the blog tomorrow.