Dark and Stormy Night

I am a storm hound. I love the smell of the rain hitting hot pavement, sight and feel of the thunder rolling, and the brilliance of nature's fury. If you've been watching the news, Massachusetts was hit by a few (7?) tornadoes.  This in itself is a rarity.  Footage from one tornado was caught on tape blowing through Springfield.

Eventually, the storms made it to Boston, 90 miles away.  The first one veered south, hitting Dedham and Norwood.  The second and third struck Boston and gave us a spectacular light show. I have not seen anything like it since my days out in the sticks.

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Normally, during the winter months, we have an unobstructed view of the Boston skyline. But, alas, our neighbors like their trees.  So,  for the summer and spring months our main view is of leaves (which does help us cool off).

This shot was taken from our second floor laundry room and was actually quite easy to take.   The storm raged, giving us a strike several times a second.  So, I set my shutter speed to 1 second and captured three strikes in a row, allowing the background luminance to register.  Unfortunately, I had to shoot through our screen window as the rain was coming at me with a vengeance.

I haven't seen anything like this since I was a kid.