Our World: The storm

Afternoon thunderstorms in the summer can often be an annoyance in Florida. Dark skies, lightning and heavy downpours make afternoon activities difficult.

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Photo by DAVID AHNTHOLZ

Lightning from the passing storms often delays high school football games in the area, and fans have to decide whether to bring the umbrella or hope the storms will pass without incident. Besides carrying the possibility of danger, storms occasionally can give us sights of awe-inspiring brilliance.

As the Naples and Homestead teams prepared for their football game, and sousaphone player Alex Rodriguez and the Naples High School band waited to take the field for the Star Spangled Banner, Naples was warmed with spectacular light.

The crowd was treated to eye candy above the stadium as a double rainbow crossed the sky in the east and the setting sun painted clouds from a passing thunderstorm with golden light.

That night, the band took the field in a slight drizzle, and nearby lightning delayed the game for a short time, but the sights in the surrounding sky made it all worthwhile.

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