The lightning there is peculiar; it is so convincing, that when it strikes a thing it doesn’t leave enough of that thing behind for you to tell whether–Well, you’d think it was something valuable, and a Congressman had been there.
– “The Weather,” Mark Twain’s Speeches
I think Mark Twain was referring to the lightning in Nicaragua during the rainy season. Mark Twain was 31 years old when he crossed Lake Cocibolca in 1866. Unfortunately, he never stopped on Ometepe Island as he passed by La Isla on his way to the Rio San Juan. But, I’m sure he experienced the lightning storms from his little boat.
Today marks the peak of the rain for the season. From now on, it’s all downhill until mid-November when the rain will stop completely. We won’t see even a drop of rain until mid-May. In fact, last May, I asked a local when the rain would start and he replied, “On May 15th the rains will begin.” Sure enough, we had a storm on May 15th. It was a grand storm, too…howling wind, rain falling in sheets, and lightning bolts that lit up the sky for hours. It was a good opportunity to see how well our new roof held up in the first storm of the season. We were lucky…only two leaks that could be fixed easily.
In honor of the peak, it rained all night and all day. The lightning was spectacular. The evening show was worth the wait. Thanks to Cory’s friend, Sam, for taking this amazing shot.