Summer Thunder Weather in Mayo

darkening sky

The sky darkens with an impending thundery downpour.

“A thunder storm will either make or break the weather” was an old Irish saying I heard when I was a young girl and when I commented that the weather could only be one or the other, I was told “see the saying is true then isn’t it.” (Who could argue with that?)

ring spirals

The rain buckets down making ring spirals in the puddles, which always remind me of the spiral carving on stone at Newgrange.

Last week here in Mayo we had a number of thunder showers over three or four days. However by the weekend the thunder and rain had passed, giving way to sunny warm days though with some cloud cover.

bonnie and thunder

Bonnie was not to keen to go outside when she heard the thunder for the first time.

As children we were also told when it was thundery with lightning, “that god was annoyed.” However I love the saying below by Lao Tzu.

“If lightning is the anger of the gods, then the gods are concerned mostly about trees.”

summer sun set

The sun going down here in Mayo, it is about 9.45pm on Sunday night. At this time of year in the west of Ireland around Mid Summer there is always light showing low in the northern sky all night long.

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees…I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.


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