Here in France, thunderstorms are a way of life. Hot air from North Africa meets colder air high above France; with climate change, these storms are getting worse. Not only are they more violent, they produce huge downfalls of rain and hail, called grêle. The stones can be up to the size of an orange, smashing roofs, buildings, vehicles and stripping grapevines in seconds. The national grid is not resilient to lightning surges, so everyone has to disconnect routers, computers and TVs.
Do you find thunderstorms exciting or frightening or somehow beautiful? Do they conjure up spooky images of strange happenings from the power of the weather?
Time to get pen to paper!