ive had lighting strike that near to me, it kind of changes the way you think about it. i never got to see the arc all i saw was the huge flash the bang and the smell of frying ozone i was surprised that me and the wife didnt get fried
When I was stationed in Pensacola, FL I lived in this house near the bay. I could see the I10 bridge from my dock in the backyard. I can't tell you how many times I went out there to watch what we called the "I10 Thunderstorms" roll in. There would always be the moment when I knew I had to go in.