Thursday 18 May: After the late summer temperature we had yesterday, today made it almost seem cool! It reached 96F/35,5C in the shade, and 105F/40,5C in the sun - according to the weather station at the Albany International Airport (about 20 mi/32km) to the north of here. The humidity made it feel like it was another 2 degrees (F) hotter (1,1C hotter)
A slow-moving thunderstorm just passed overhead. I had been watching the lightning and listening to thunder as the storm came in over the Helderberg Escarpment (what we call the "hill towns"). I am at my own home presently, taking care of the cat's food, water and litter box. My two granddaughters have just been put to bed, but I doubt if they're going to get to sleep with the lightning and thunder. The flashes and bolts are super bright, turning night into mid-day! And the thunder is actually making all the windows rattle and a couple of times shook the house! Just before the rain came pouring out of the sky, the winds came up suddenly - as though someone flipped on a switch. Within one minute from the on start of the rain, there were identical rivers of water rushing the hill on both sides of the street. The water reached from the curbs to halfway to the center of the street, leaving about a single lane in the center of the road.
The temperature dropped 11 degrees F/6,1C within those 15 minutes. Time to open the windows to cool off the house before the next thunderstorm passes through. The weather service expects the storms to end by 11:15 PM. (Originally they said by 10:00 PM.)
This storm dumped 0.2"/0,5cm of rain in 15 minutes, and now it's just a sprinkle. Wish I was a duck!
9:35 PM update: The rain is coming down hard again. I think I'll be waiting for everything to end before I attempt to carry my laptop and other items out to the car. Babysitting again tomorrow.
2150: A 2nd thunderstorm is passing overhead now. Not as much rain as the first one, but this one is really putting on a show! The lightning bolts are streaking from cloud to cloud and from cloud to ground, they're bright and they are coming in groups of 3 to 5 every 2 to 2-1/2 seconds! Excellent! And the thunder is so loud I can it booming down the river valley for at least 7 seconds each time.
@cageycat: You'd be proud of Angel! When she ran upstairs when the thunderstorms started, I thought she was afraid. When I went up to check on her, she was lying on the bed watching out the window! Must be all those storms we watched together with her on my lap. Right now she's back downstairs lying on her back the kitchen floor - waiting for me to rub her belly!
2215: Judging by the radar, the thunderstorms are over. Maybe just a little more rain for us. We've now received 0.29"/0.73cm from the storms - in 1 hour 20 minutes. At least it was constant rain or I'd have to turn into a Weddell seal!