We had quite the storm here in the Valley on Thursday. Wind gusts up to 100 mph. Lots of rain. And more than 1,500 lightning strikes in a single hour.
Round about 7pm we could see the lightning to the east of us here in Tempe and it was still going on around 2am. It was the most amazing lightning I’ve seen in years. Storm cell after cell swept through the Valley. Power lines and trees fell, and nearly 80,000 homes lost power. An $8.4M athletic facility at the University was demolished with a month of opening. Sky Harbor airport closed two runways.
I found myself in a bar which not only lost power, but had water flooding in from outside (probably half an inch deep). I made it home and eventually ended up sitting on the patio watching the rain and the light show.
It was a monsoon storm on steroids.
I loved it.
(Saturday and Sunday is expected to see more storms in the evenings. Saturday evening we open our football season with a game against NAU. No doubt I’ll post on that later … assuming the storms don’t cause problems.)