I took a little video along the way, the clouds east were quite pretty; big billowing puffy white in the evening sun. As we headed west the thunderstorms (forecast was rain in Winchester at 8:00) were also so very pretty.
As we continued along it wasn't long before we drove under the clouds we were admiring earlier. It was fun to see the changes. Early they were heavy black and we could see the sun lighting up the edges, giving high lights. Later as the sun set just big black ominous storm clouds. Latter still little hints of red under the storm front way off in the west hinting that the rain would end and skies would clear...
While there wasn't a great deal of lightning, there was some. Here we caught a strike...
... which lite up the entire cloud.
Just before the rain began it was obvious that it it was pouring north. Deep blue/black dropping from the heavens to earth, God's brush strokes I suppose. The scene is too dark for a good capture, but added it here anyway to set the tone for the darkness that descended as we passed into the clouds.
We even imagined that it might pass by without us getting wet, but not quite :-) Although it really wasn't bad. We stopped at a gas station to put rain gear on, I just brought the jacket, and when we arrived in Winchester I wan't even wet - jacket worked and we were at speed so lower half stayed mostly dry behind the fairing.
Air B&B host was wonderful, room very nice. About to go get a cup of coffee and breakfast then off we go!