Here it's clearing off after the fifth thunderstorm of the day, counting from the first one I noticed, which woke me at 4:45 am with a series of violent cloud to ground strikes out back somewhere. I took that as a warning that the next ones could be in my backyard proper so I got up and closed a few windows. I don't mind boomerstorms but I do like a closed window between me and them. Many years ago, down on an inlet off the Chesapeake Bay, I saw ball lightning cross a broad sweep of lawn and right up into a neighbor's open kitchen window after a cloud to ground strike right at the edge of the water by their dock. That thing must have floated along the grass for a good hundred fifty feet before it smashed into the house and flipped up into the window, all orange and glowing like a pumpkin coming apart. Ball lightning is truly, truly weird. If you see it, you never forget! I hope you are all having more fun and better weather than that, and also that these so-and-sos who forecast the weather for this region are not lying when they say that tomorrow will be sunny and clear! Otherwise the natural "fireworks" of today may be all we get for this year's Fourth of July celebrations. Ciao for now so I don't fry my gear. Who knows if this storm has really cleared the area, it's been moping around here for 14 hours!