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When All of the Sudden — BOOM!

When I was a kid, one of the things I loved about our almost-annual summer vacations out West was the chance to experience thunderstorms in the Wide Open West. We had thunderstorms in Maryland with alarming regularity, but they always seemed to me to be something entirely different from the ones in the West. A thunderstorm in Colorado or Kansas or New Mexico is a sight to behold. I remember sitting in the back seat of the car as we drove through some pretty spectacular lightning shows, comfortable in the knowledge that a car is one of the safest places to be in the thunderstorm. I often wondered just what it would be like if lightning did strike our car.

Well, Cliff Mass, my very favorite source for all things weather-related here in Seattle, has a truly amazing story on his blog today. It’s the story of Judy Lew, whose car was struck by lightning as she drove across the 520 bridge a few weeks ago:

The girls and I were just chit-chatting in the car when all of the sudden — BOOM! We heard a loud explosion and I saw a flash of red light outside of the corner of my eye and all of the sudden my driver side window dropped down and a rush of cold air and rain came in. I screamed (as did the girls) but I had no idea what had just happened.

It’s quite a story. There are pictures, too!