If you didn't experience the storm, think about some other memorable weather event that touched your life. Perhaps it was a tornado, or a hurricane, or maybe even flooding rains that made water back up through the drain pipes of the wash tub in the basement. Below is a couple paragraphs of an experience I can remember as if it was yesterday.
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I got up and walked into my parents room and saw my mother staring out the window. I went over and stood next to her and was amazed by what I saw. I swear, the sky was almost as green as the grass in the yard. Lightning was flashing like a strobe light and the thunder was almost non-stop. Every minute or so the thunder seemed to shake the very foundation of the house. The pictures rocked from side to side, glasses in rattled against each other and the TV would alternate between weather updates and static.
Five minutes later it hailed like crazy. It sounded as if someone dropped a giant bag of marbles on our house, quickly covering the yard with millions of tiny white spheres. The noise on the rooftop was so loud that I thought for sure it would collapse at any moment. I was pretty scared. This lasted for a minute or two, but seemed like a lifetime and then stopped as suddenly as it began. So quickly it was over. The sky returned to gray, no longer green, and the thunder and lightning stopped. All I could see was a gentle rain striking the puddles in the flooded streets.