Scattered Thunderstorms Formed After Yesterday’s Heat, May Do Same Today

[This is our first in a series of creative writing shorts called Create Your Sunday. If you have an idea for a Create Your Sunday short, send it to us at newsroom@leedaily.com. Enjoy!]

Scattered thunderstorms formed Saturday evening throughout Lee County as the atmosphere adjusted to the setting sun. The energy from all of that beautiful sunlight caused air to rise and to carry with it water vapor, which, upon rising, cooled below the dew point. The water vapor then condensed into clouds filled with liquid water—rain droplets, whose motion and commotion, tumbling around in the clouds, rubbing back and forth together and against themselves and the air and dust, built up static charges, buzzing, growing… buzzing… sparK. SPARK. Arcs unleashed–are bolts of LIGHTNING hotter than the surface of the sun. At once, the sky rip’d, molecules slip’d—torn from one another—here or there—ENERGY— this awesome… HEAT! Tearing, SCREAMING outward, away they fly! Clanging, bumping, BANGING! ‘Til thunder CLAPS and FLASHES FILL THE SKY!!

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks Spotted in Lee County During Migration

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This lovely songbird, the rose-breasted grosbeak, and his ilk made a stop in Lee County during their annual spring migration today. Lee County is part of this species’ mating range, but it remains to be seen whether they are setting up housekeeping or just passing through. Either way, they really enjoyed these suet cakes!

For more information on the rose-breasted grosbeak and other feathered friends, check out Cornell University’s All About Birds website.