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Mother Nature puts on best July 4 show

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By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.

We were invited to a friend’s house to watch the Fourth of July fireworks.

All day there had been concern about when the predicted rains of the afternoon would arrive. As the day began to come to a close and the darkness set in, many people began to get anxious about getting their fireworks show on the road.

Radar showed two bands of showers marching across the state from the west and just before dark the first band of showers came through. I was happy that this wetness provided for an environment unlike that of prior years when there was always the risk of a rogue fire triggered by the exploding rockets launched over a dry countryside.

Then as the big bursts of light and booms started to going off looming in the west was a cumulus cloud of gigantic proportions. The streaks of lightning and rumbles of thunder all but quieted the manmade explosions. And as Mother Nature’s show needed the field where we were watching and listening, there was no contest as to which was the bigger production. In fact, the people show forfeited the stage.

Unlike the artificial explosions, the natural one brought much needed moisture to the lawns and gardens of Middle Tennessee. We got 1.2 inches of rain at my house and there was much more in southern Tennessee. What a majestic world we live in! Editor’s Note: Robertson is a physician with Family Medical Associates, PC, in Lebanon.

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