One of the benefits of living on the 24th floor of this building is that we are right in the clouds when it rains. I love rain!

One of the negatives is that we are right in the clouds when there is thunder and lightning. I love thunder and lightning, but would rather it didn’t happen right outside our window.

One Sunday, we had our first big electrical storm since May. Tom kept shivering as the ripples of electricity ran through his body when the lightning struck. I wasn’t feeling it; we figure it was being conducted by the hair on his arms and legs. Whatever the cause, he kept getting lightning thrills! I made sure not to be touching any metal as I filmed the storm through the open windows. And throughout the storm, the dogs sat on our laps, throwing us these wide-eyed looks as the thunder bellowed and shook our building. “Wazzat!”

We watched the storm approach from the south, travel over us to the north, and then boomerang back toward the south. So we had an afternoon and evening of entertainment, waiting for the lightning, counting down til the thunder, and periodically watching the green flash of transformers exploding…and neighborhoods going dark.

I didn’t film while we were engulfed in the storm. I was too busy watching, grinning like a fool. After it passed, and before its return, I filmed the storm over the city center. The screams you hear in this clip are neighbor girls who were delighting in their terror:

Apparently, this will be our daily afternoon entertainment once summer starts. Rumor has it that there are daily thunder showers, and sometimes the rain is so heavy that traffic comes to a complete standstill, as drivers are unable to see out of their windshields in the downpour. I dread to think about the motorboys in such a deluge. Afterward, the streets are apparently so flooded that people abandon their cars for hours until the roads clear.

There are apparently 5 million lightning strikes in Brazil every year, and some 10,000 in Sao Paulo each summer. In 2007, there were 47 deaths reported in Brazil due to lightning, and in 2001 there were 73. It’s easy to see how: there is sheet lightning and bolts, and you can see the bolts hit the ground (or come up from the ground? two schools of thought). My fervent hope is that I’m not out walking the dogs when a storm hits. Water, we can handle. Bolts of lightning, very, very frightening!