Summertime thunderstorms can be very pretty and very dangerous at the same time.

You’re probably wondering why the title says ‘summer’ and not just ‘thunderstorms,’ because you know that they happen year round. Most areas in the Spring and Fall get colder so not as many people are hanging out outside during that time of the year. So summer storms are more dangerous. Please don’t get me wrong… storms are dangerous all year long.

This is because of all the summer activities. People may be on a boat, at the beach, golfing, fishing, sporting events, or an outdoor wedding. It’s really anything you can think of that will put someone in danger or affect you if severe weather hits.

Cumulonimbus cloud from Ocean City, Maryland, but looking over into Delaware. There's lightning and thunder in the distance.
Cumulonimbus cloud from Ocean City, Maryland, but looking over into Delaware. There’s lightning and thunder in the distance.

When thunderstorms pop up, it can be very difficult to forecast and see when a storm is coming along.

For example, I knew thunderstorms were forecasted and you could see one just to my north. So I checked the radar and there one was. It was stationary, so not moving very much, if any at all, and it kept getting stronger.

A single-cell thunderstorm is developing over Ocean View, Delaware. This is based on the radar.
A single-cell thunderstorm is developing over Ocean View, Delaware. This is based on the radar.

The cumulonimbus cloud kept growing and eventually, as I’m sitting on the beach in Ocean City, Maryland, you could hear a few rumbles of thunder.

Here Comes the Storm

Now, this cell was about 20 miles away and you could hear the rumbles. But then all of the sudden the lightning struck out in the Atlantic.

This is when the lifeguards started clearing the swimmers from the water. Some people weren’t sure as to why this was happening, but if you don’t know… lightning is dangerous when it comes to water.

And when you’re the only thing in the water it’ll likely attract towards you, since you are the ‘highest’ object nearby.

After the lifeguards cleared the water, some people tried to get back in, and then went the whistle… getting the swimmer back out immediately.

I stayed on the beach for a few more minutes. I took a few pictures and watched the storm roll through to the north. I could see the towering cumulonimbus and the surrounding clouds. It was beautiful.

But looking off to the south… not a cloud in sight.

No storms to the south. Ocean City, Maryland.
No storms to the south. Ocean City, Maryland.

That was more of the amazing thing. It was just that one tiny sell to north north over Ocean View, Delaware.

After, a few more minutes, I decided to leave because if I can hear thunder and see lightning, it could come towards me, so I packed up my bags and headed off of the beach for the day.

Plus, it was good that some clouds started to roll in earlier because I did get a little sunburn despite the sunblock I put on… SPF 50… make sure you reapply.

But the lesson for the day is to be weather aware if you know that storms are coming and use caution once the storms do arrive.