August 16, 2012
A Big Storm Barreled Through Bedford
Like many parts of the country, we’ve been experiencing extremely hot temperatures here in the northeast. Unlike so many areas, we’ve been so fortunate to be receiving significant rainfall. On a recent sultry Sunday, it was a true dog day of summer until early evening rolled around and a big storm came barreling through. As usual, I had my camera in hand, a Canon PowerShot G1 X, and captured some rather stunning images of the violent weather. Betsy Perreten, my stable manager, also took some photos and an impressive time-lapse video, as well.
1 At 6:30 in the evening, the air was so thick and hot and we could tell that a storm was brewing. You could practically slice the air with a knife.
2 The sky looked rather pretty with wispy pastel clouds at first.
3 I drove the Kawasaki down to the stable, where Betsy was already battening down the hatches. All animals were safely inside.
4 Then, quite suddenly, a wall of angry clouds rolled in. Here I am driving past the vegetable garden, rushing towards the safety of my home.
5 It was quite a squall line.
6 Meteorologists announced that the line was quite long and had the potential for tornadoes. At this point, I am standing on the house terrace.
7 Squall lines generally form along or ahead of cold fronts and they can produce severe weather in the form of heavy rainfall, strong winds, large hail, and lightning.
8 Another look at this violent line
9 Then, the skies opened up and the rain began.
10 The paddocks certainly looked verdant. The white flowers on the terrace are Formosa lilies, deliciously scented, beautiful white trumpets that bloom in August.
11 The wind was whipping and steam was rising from the sun-heated earth.
12 The rain came down in sheets.
13 Although I love the rain, I do not like heavy winds and I'm always worried about tree damage. We're still cleaning up from last summer's hurricane.
14 It became quite dark and ominous.
15 After several minutes of pounding rain, it began to grow lighter again.
16 I was wondering how the animals were feeling. My Friesian horse, Meindert, is especially troubled by storms and becomes quite edgy.
17 There was a magical glow as the storm dissipated.
18 All of the trees and shrubs were so heavy with rain.
19 During the storm, Betsy stayed with the animals in the stable and took this shot of a rather impressive lightning bolt, which looks a bit too close for comfort.
20 Another lightning bolt touching nearby