There’s nothing more exhilarating than watching as dark clouds gather – a prelude to the thrill of an impending thunderstorm.  And what could be more deliciously dramatic than the spectacle of electrifying flashes of lightning or the sound of thunderclaps?  But then, I’ve always enjoyed drama, in whatever form.

I devour the blue-white pathways that illuminate the sky and every crackle, rumble and boom that form this melody of nature, culminating in the patter of rain on windows.

And who doesn’t relish the smell of clean air and wet earth that only rainwater can bestow?

Certainly not me… a true ceraunophile.

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Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
1 year ago

Wow Linda, a new word – and what a word!! I too love storms and was thrilled to read your story. It reminded me of a poem I wrote when I was a teenager. It was about not wanting to sleep through a storm, and thus miss all the excitement. The last line was “Oh, how can I sleep when the world is alive with the wild symphony of the storm?” Thanks… Read more »

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

A new word for me too, though not one I’d apply to myself. I must have managed to conceal my extreme fear of thunderstorms well when my children were growing up though, neither of them fear them at all. And I hate rain; it makes my bones hurt ????. A really enjoyable read, well done.

Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary(@emily-oleary)
Reply to  Carrie OLeary
1 year ago

Me over here finding thunderstorms thrilling and energising ???? You did a great job at not giving us that fear haha!

And I love this word, it’s new for me too Linda, but definitely describes how I feel ????

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
Reply to  Emily O'Leary
1 year ago

Mum takes a bow! ????

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
1 year ago

Wow. Linda, this reminded me of the thunderstorms we had in the town we grew up in. I used to love it, especially seeing the lightning at night. I must admit that on the one hand it was terrifying hearing the thunder, especially if it was nearby, but it was always spectacular to see. This is a great story!

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
1 year ago

Linda I loved your poetic and musical descriptions of thunder. Thank you also for teaching me what ceraunophile means.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Hello, Linda. Thank you for introducing the word “ceraunophile” to me. I love how you describe thunder and storm in a very poetic and musical way. What a lovely read.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Linda Rock
1 year ago


1 year ago

Like several others of your readers, I too am a storm lover. I probably won’t ever call myself a “Ceraunophile”, however. Mainly because I can’t pronounce it!! Good story, Linda!

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 year ago

As I am writing this, a thunderstorm is raging over Valle del Cauca in the southern part of Colombia. As always when the sound of thunder is heard, my Doberman Nina is scared and has found her safety under a bed. I read your story to her, thinking it could change her mind, and I think she calmed down and went to sleep. We both enjoyed your poetic story very much.

Allan Neil
Allan Neil(@allan-neil)
1 year ago

Wow, Linda, short and very sweet but packing a punch, Say hello to the newest member of the Ceraunophile Society. Next thunderstorm you’ll find me out in the garden, face upturned to welcome the rain.

Sandra OReilly
Sandra OReilly(@sandra-oreilly)
1 year ago

I love a storm but watching from inside! You really brought it to life for me – well done.

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