Skip to comments.What did the Pilgrims think of thunder and lightning?
Posted on 07/01/2020 5:14:28 PM PDT by SamAdams76
Granted, they got here in November, close to winter.
But when spring and summer came, they must have experienced some New England thunderstorms.
What did they think of that?
Are you suggesting England doesn’t have thunderstorms?
A better question might be “What did the Yankees at Shiloh think of chiggers?”.
But surely not NEW England thunderstorms.
I think they had thunderstorms in England and Holland...
What did the French Arcadians think of Louisiana alligators, and enough heat and humidity to kill a Northern European and thousands of square miles of fetid swamps???
Very very frightening me....
Now we vacation there and spend big money at Disneyland.
I doubt they are unique only to New England or even just this country. In fact I know they aren’t. The south has very intense thunder and lightning storms. So like us they probably thought the same as we do in today’s world. Some are real bangers and some are not. 8>)
To Europeans here on FR: Are there thunderstorms, lightning and rain in europe? thx
I lived all over the world, including the Mid Atlantic, the South, California, New England and Colorado.
The worst thunderstorms are in Colorado, where the Rockies meet the Great Plains. That pushed the cloud tops higher than any place else in the USA.
BTW, European, Asian and Australian Thunderstorms are not as bad as North America. We are geographically in Storm Alley.
Two words: Air Conditioning.
“Very very frightening me....”
Mamma mia, mamma mia
I was a weather tech stationed in southern England in the 70s. During my 2 years there, I heard one rolling thunder clap. Don’t recall seeing lightning. London had a heat wave, 85-88 for two days; it was a big news story.
They probably seen it a couple of times over the years but not to the extent that it happens in New England etc. Totally different weather in England then New England.
As a thunderstorm approached, they would have said, “looks like we’re in for some thundery weather” if they spoke like 21st-century Englishmen.
“What did the Pilgrims think of thunder and lightning?”
They were terrified - and the water falling from the sky made them think it was surely the end of the world. They used to run and hid in the caves during a storm, only to come out a month later when they were sure everything was okay. It was a living hell for them. It’s amazing they survived the shock.
I wonder what the first European who saw an EF5 tornado thought.
Plus, what did tornadoes sound like before there were trains.
This doesn’t apply to thunder and lightning, but Charles Dickens writes at length of the sufferings of two naive Englanders who bought a plot of land near the Mississippi in a settlement called Eden. This was in “Martin Chuzzlewit”, which is in my opinion the most underrated of Dickens’ works.
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