Thursday, June 3, 2010


Wow, that one was loud and sounded really close to our bedroom window! At around 5:30 PM yesterday, with a start, my mind was suddenly on full alert. Then, almost right away, I thought, "Hey! I can write about thunder!"

To start, so that we are clear, I do not believe in superstitions. With that in mind, I thought that it might be interesting to look at some of the many things that people associate with thunder.

- Mistletoe in the house protects it from thunder and lightning.
- Thunder following a funeral means that the dead person's soul has reached heaven.
- Thunder in February is thought to indicate snow in May.
- Every day that it thunders in February, it will be cold enough to frost the same day in May.
- Back in Roman times, bay leaves were thought to protest from thunder and lightning, ill-fortune, and witchcraft.
- If it thunders before 7:00 AM, then it will rain before 11:00 AM.
- Winter thunder means snow within ten days.
- Church bells were pealed during thunderstorms to prevent damage by lightning and to protect those within hearing range.
- A Japanese superstition says that you if you hear thunder, hide your belly button or the god of thunder will eat it.

When I was younger, I can remember saying that thunder was the angels bowling, and lightning was when they got a strike. Hehe. I still like to think that that is a good explanation for the thrilling phenomenon.

What is thunder in the scientific sense? Thunder is the sound that lightening makes. I am not going to get into a whole science lesson here, yet here is a neat web page about it.

Do you have any stories or thoughts about thunder that you might like to share?


  1. I like the heat lightening shows up north. Plenty of lightning, no thunder, no rain.

  2. That was an interesting read. Thunder in February means snow/frost in May? If it thunders before 7:00 a.m. it'll rain by 11:00. That's wild.

  3. I am so glad that I am not superstitious; there would be soooo much to remember and keep track of.

  4. When reading this post, it made me think of when my husband's best friend passed away. He was in a motorcycle accident a few years back and was on life support in the hospital. Long story short, he passed away. The night he died, there was a thunderstorm. Upon taking his last breath, there was a very bright bolt of lightning strike. We all kind of looked around at each other at that moment. Then, his wife said, " Its like he's riding the lightning", as in his soul is riding the lightning to heaven. I would have never believed this story had someone just told it to me, but it was the most amazing thing I have ever witnessed, so I wanted to share it with you all.