~ lightning strike ~

14 December 2004

ditha was at my house and we were watching La Cité des Enfants Perdus when the thunderstorm started. a very scary thunderstorm, that is. the lightning and the thunder doesn’t stop… they kept going on and on, some were loud, some were more fainted…

until all the sudden, there were a very loud BOOM, soon followed by a crackling sound. i was facing the backyard window at that time, and for a split second, the window shows nothing but a very bright white light. just so that you know, the window is a floor-to-ceiling window, spanning about three meter wide… so, it was a huge bright light.

we went “whoa” for a second, and we dismissed the whole thing quickly… afterall, my house is located in lightning-prone area. during rainy season, lightning and thunder are frequent guests at the house. in the past, before we fixed the grounding, they’ve fried numerous phones and computers at my house. so, we’re used to it.

but five minutes later, ditha and i started to smell something unpleasant. i thought of something on fire due to the lightning strike. but we soon realized it was the scent of the chlorine reeked into the house. the whole house smelled like an indoor swimming pool!

i’m still not sure what causes the smell. my best guess would be the lightning hit the swimming pool in my backyard and boiled the water… or something like that. is that even possible? i didn’t check the swimming pool, because i didn’t want to be the lightning’s next target.

~ comment (2) ~

you smelled the ozone, not the swimming pool boiling =). Google Answer had the explanation: http://tinyurl.com/5mej2

amazing, isn’t it?

avianto | 15 December 2004 - 03:01 | reply

wow, that’s neat! i didn’t know that we could smell ozone. and i didn’t know either that ozone smell like crap (i’ve never been that high up in the sky).

thanks for the info, vi :D

thalia | 15 December 2004 - 11:18 | reply