Sure sign of a thunderstorm in the vicinity is to look for the tell-tale “anvil top” shape of the clouds.  You see an anvil top and that pretty much means there’s a storm under it. In meteorological parlance, this cloud is called a cumulonimbus cloud. We need the rain so I wish we had been under this cloud.  This is a photo of a cumulonimbus cloud as seen from Middletown, Ohio facing east on the evening of July 5.  Anyone reading this who lives near Waynesville or Harveysburg, Ohio was probably getting drenched and zapped by lightning.  While the storm appears close in the photo, weather radar confirmed it was actually about 30 miles away.  This perfectly formed anvil top cloud was getting a rosy blush from the setting sun.

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