The photo with this post shows a sunrise instead of the usual sunset over Lake Superior. The reason for this is that it was taken on the opposite side of Whitefish Bay, in Paradise, MI. There wasn’t a sunset last night, here in Saint Louis and not much of a sunrise this morning either. The reasons for this were thunderstorms. Last night, I barely made it home from work, before the heavens opened up. Things calmed down after that as the boomers moved east across the river, but around 3 AM the flash-bang of a nearby lightning strike startled both Anne and I wide awake. It was so close that there was almost no separation between the flash and the bang. Our power was knocked out, but for less than a minute and after it came back on, we started unplugging electrical appliances. Sort of closing the barn door after the cows had left. Fortunately, nothing was damaged. Although after that bit of excitement, we both had trouble getting back to sleep and when the get-up alarm went off, we were both feeling rather sleep deprived. An amazing cold front had passed over the Lou. Today’s high was only in the low seventies and tonight’s low is expected to be in the fifties, both a full twenty degrees below our normal temperatures. The air conditioner is off, for the first time in a month. The windows are open and as I write I can hear the voices of small children playing outside. It ought to be good sleeping weather tonight, with the sun once again rising in paradise in the morning.