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Tonight there has been yet more rain and the latest storm is one of a long line of storms. But a few days ago what started out as a dire warning of a major storm about to hit Cyprus, turned out to be quite a spectacular light show. Nevertheless, it became a night with very little sleep.

I have no idea what time it was but I awoke to what seemed to be a flashing light outside my bedroom window. It was as if someone had a car parked outside with a signal light going on and off at irregular times. It wasn’t long before curiosity got the better of me and I opened the curtain to see what was going on. My first glimpse of the lightning was pretty spectacular. It was pitch black when suddenly the entire night sky was lit by a rolling curve of lightning that flew through the dark and forbidding clouds from one side of the sky to the next. There was no thunder though. It was as if Thor, the Norse god of thunder and lightning, had forgotten his thunder. It also seemed he had forgotten his rain, because at that time the outside seemed pretty dry.

For a full twenty minutes I was entertained with a spectacular light show that no firework display or laser show could have matched. Dark, boiling clouds were lit up on the left and this followed different sections of the sky being lit in an ever more spectacular display of natures force and majesty.

It reminded me of the first lightning display I saw in Cyprus, when I first moved here ten years ago.

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I lived near Paphos then, on the coast, and was awoken in a similar fashion to last night. This time it was a thunderstorm out at sea with forked lightning. The odd thing was the lightning was pink in colour.

Until I saw this coloured lightning, I had only ever seen white lightning before, I hadn’t realised lightning can show many different colours depending on factors like haze, dust, moisture and numerous other particles in the atmosphere. All these can effect the colour by diffracting the the white light of lightning.

Nature’s a wonderful and complex thing, sometimes displaying natural wonders that are quite spectacular.

Copyright Tom Kane © 2018

As a English expat author living in Cyprus, you may think my life revolves around cocktails by the pool. You would be wrong. In ten years on the island I’ve had my fair share of adventures and interesting experiences.

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