Those of us who live here in Texas are accustomed to seeing plenty of lightning in the sky, particularly this time of year.

But I still find it amazing when we’re in the throes of a good old-fashioned lightning storm.

One memory that sticks out to me was a storm that passed through my hometown of Vernon, Texas when I was a kid. I’m pretty sure it was the first pure lightning storm I had ever seen, which is why it had such a lasting impression.

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I remember that it never rained, there were no high winds and amazingly, not a lot of thunder. It was just a straight-up lightning storm. And I thought it was beautiful.

As you’re probably aware, much of Texas was hit hard by powerful storms yesterday. According to a tweet from Dallas Texas TV, an EF-1 tornado was confirmed in Irving yesterday evening.

There are a couple of other tweets out there showing funnel clouds over the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

But due to my aforementioned fascination with lightning, it was this tweet right here that really caught my attention.

To answer his question, yes, I have seen it go on for minutes in a row like that. And every time it does, you can count on me standing outside and staring at the sky, taking it all in.

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