The cloud formations…

…from Friday evening’s storm were exceptional.

Thankfully, there were no tornadoes, as these mammato-cumulus clouds are frequently accompanied by one or two!

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Regretfully, I never seem to be able to capture the lightning!

 

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This morning

After being abruptly roused at 4:30 AM from a not-long-enough sleep by a “flash/boomer” directly overhead, I reluctantly got out of bed to check if there had been a power outage.

Thankfully, NOT!

Rain poured down loudly against the windows, accompanied by continual flashes of lightning and rumbles of thunder.

Later, the morning looked like this:

Not a hint of the thirteen story Farcroft building just a block and a half away...

Not a hint of the thirteen story Farcroft building just a block and a half away…

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...nor the highrise of downtown Evanston!

…nor the highrise of downtown Evanston!

I walked in what had by then become a light rain to the bus shelter…

...where this was the view of Loyola Park, and proceeded to my appointment--which I eventually found had been cancelled.

…where this was the view of Loyola Park, and proceeded to my appointment–which I eventually found had been cancelled.

Lots of flooding in and around Chicago this morning–five or so inches of rain made for a hellish commute, with many underpasses holding several feet of water…and a few cars!

While walking back home (the rain had stopped and I need the exercise!), puddles were everywhere, such as this one, where heavy equipment is parked:

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Closer to home, even the  Daffodils suffered the effects of the heavy downpours:

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Poor, sodden little things!