Energy Efficiency…A possible solution?

I have no doubt that all across the US this weekend there were festivals, concerts, craft shows, county fairs and much more.  Events of all sizes; on just about any subject you can think of.  Some of these events were a success and some went out with a bang.  Truth told…many of them went out with a bang, a bang that sparked (pun intended) a thought I’ve had for years.  Let me explain…

Fast approaching is my favorite holiday of the year, July 4th.  This is the one time of the year when it’s “OK” to make things go boom!  Ah yes…fireworks.  Many of us arrive early to get what we hope is the best viewing location.  We throw down our blanket, set up the chairs, adjust the cooler (filled with soda of course) to within arm’s reach and patiently wait for darkness to fall across our corner of the world.  Finally darkness sets and the show ignites.  At this point you say one of two things…”OOOOOOO-AHHHHH”, or “why did all of these people sit in front of me?”

Luckily for me, the second scenario has never been a problem.  You think I’m joking don’t you……read the About section of my website!  This past weekend was no different.  Even though July 4th has yet to arrive; local communities had some impressive displays.  As I watched them explode into all sorts of glorious colors and shapes I got distracted…distracted by a different kind light show.  Local showcases were no match for this massive display.  Some cities have bigger budgets than other, but this “city” has a budget only Congress could approve…ok not really but I thought it was funny.  This massive “city” colored in green, yellow, red and magenta filled the radar screen with more “grand finales” than one might care to see.  I, on the other hand, loved every minute of it and had a spectacular view.  So much so it got me thinking…is it possible to capture the energy of a thunderstorm?  How many homes could the energy of one single thunderstorm power…and for how long?  How about a huge squall line?  Has anyone tried to study this?  Has a possible solution to our energy crisis been here all along?  Has anyone looked into this?


So here is my challenge to all scientists out there…find a way to capture the energy in these!Growing Up

Once you’ve figured that out…don’t contact me…contact someone who can actually utilize all your hard work and efforts and make it a reality.  By all means, do let me know though…I’d love to see the results of your studies.  Until then, I’ll just keep shooting one of my favorite subjects and displaying them for all to see! : )