Tuesday night we went to a big Luau with dignitaries and professional Polynesian dancers (and of course food!) We had a great evening, even if it was outdoors. Much to everyone’s relief, the weather decided to cooperate and there was heavy cloud cover providing much needed relief from the summer sun. As the evening went on and the dancers came out, they were performing at a little outdoor pavilion, and then they concluded the performance a little after dark with a fire dance. I love the fire dances. The problem came when that much appreciated cloud cover decided to start spewing lightning strikes during the fire dance. Fortunately it waited until after they put out the final flame, and all of 10 seconds later it started pouring. Great timing.
We took a quick trip down to Las Vegas this last weekend. On the way there we got a call telling us to be careful because there was a severe thunderstorm in progress, and if we hit the thunderstorm we needed to pull off the road. I checked the internet, and yes, a severe storm was in progress, with multiple flash floods in effect. They were set to expire about the time we rolled into town, so we went anyway – and had no problems. We could see the lightning from the storm most of the way, but all it did was provide some entertainment.
On the way home the next day, we were driving north, and apparently the storm had made its way that direction as well. As we approached the narrow pass through the mountains we realized that we had caught up with the cell, and just off to our right we could see the cloud just dumping a ton of water to the ground. We began to worry that we would be caught in the narrow, winding roads just when the rain hit and flash flood conditions while we were in the river valley. Fortunately, although we could see that portion just beside us, the bulk of the storm passed just to the east of the pass and we got a total of about 10 drops of water! Phew. We arrived home to see that the majority of the storm had reached home before us. We had a wet lawn, a blown down fence, a minor mudslide that took out our dutch oven pit, and the power had gone out, but at least we were not caught in the canyon with that type of downpour!