I swear easy child and I just drove through the weirdest storm ever. I mean it's already odd to have a thunderstorm in December not long before xmas.........but geez this one was strange. Being on the highway of course you're out in the open. We could see the lightening was close when it hit. We braced ourselves for thunder that never came. And I do mean this lightening was hitting mighty close. Time and time again......it was lightening quite a lot. Once in a about oh I dunno 20 or more such strikes we'd hear a clap of thunder. Now I've seen lightening without thunder before, usually the storm is way off or it's "heat lightening", but not a bonafide storm with the type of lightening that makes you duck your head, turn your eyes away or nervous it's going to actually hit you. Travis called us on our way home to warn us to watch out for the hail. Huh? All we saw was tons of rain and lots of lightening. easy child was joking that he was imagining things because we weren't that far out of town when he called................. And then we saw it........it hailed so much in town that it looked as if it snowed! Holy Cow! And he too had noticed the very close lightening with no following clap of thunder. Weird. Although I can't say I've had much experience with December thunderstorms so maybe that's not such a big deal?? But we need the rain. I'm not going to complain about that.