Before moving to Norway, I spent the majority of my life in the mid-western, southern and eastern parts of the U.S. Sweeping and intense rain and thunderstorms were an active part of our daily existence. Although they can bring terrible destruction, as a child I felt safe and I loved the excitement and energy! That feeling of intensity and power when I hear the wind pick up, or see a flash of lightening in the sky, continues into my adulthood.
Since moving to the Bergen area six and a half years ago, I’ve experienced a lot of mountain- and ocean- influenced rainy weather and wind, but have gone years between thunderstorms.
Yesterday and today have brought more thunder and lightening to the area than I have experienced, total, in the last six years. The intense wind off of the Norwegian Sea wailing through the pine trees is mournful and exciting at the same time, and the flashes of light and rumbling thunder echoing off the mountains adds to the experience. It’s exhilarating up here on top of our little “hill” over Lysøen, with the Norwegian Sea just over the neighboring islands!
MacKenzie doesn’t agree with me …