Posted By Andrew Freiden
Storms like last Sunday night’s become topics of conversation the next day. People come into work groggy after losing sleep and share stories of their lightning-filled sleepless night.
I think that storms in the middle of the night seem much worse than storms during the day even if they have equal intensity. Keep in mind that I’m not saying last night’s storms were no big deal. They were! I just think if the exact same storm happened at 2pm, It wouldn’t feel as intense.
Here are a few reasons why:
1: Being awakened from a deep sleep by a loud crack of thunder can be disconcerting at least and for some people it’s terrifying.
2: We miss the warning signs of impending bad weather (since we’re asleep) which makes the storm seem like it came out of nowhere.
3: Thunder and lightning keep us up, which makes the “night-storm” experience even worse, as you dread waking up the next day after losing sleep.
4: While you lay in bed awake, you get a strobe light effect from all the lightning. During the day, lightning competes with the sun, washing out lightning strikes that are far away. At night, lightning flashes can be visible from a greater distance, making it seem like there’s more of it out there.
5. Credit to NBC12 New Media-Guru Phil Riggan for this one: You lay there thinking, “which one of my kids/dogs is going to wake up crying first?” which just adds to the anxiety.
So, what are your thoughts? Do you think my theory has any validity? Let me know in the comments section.