Still not sure if you're serious, what you are describing is textbook ice storm behavior that has nothing to do with lighting/thunder:LongLiveRFD wrote: ↑ Negative.
First I saw the lightning, then anticipated the bang. But instead, I heard this weird humming noise...
Then the power went out briefly, at least 3 times.
If branches fell, power wouldn't come back in munites. If it weren't physical it must have been magnetic influences.
1. Branches falling on wires == short circuit arcing/flashing that, in foggy/rainy weather, can look like lighting
2. Short circuit triggers localized variances in electrical patterns, causing transformers to humm/etc
3. If the branch/short is severe enough, transformer stations will isolate/disconnect the affected line
4. After a certain period (60 seconds, etc) transformer station will reconnect the segment
5. If by then branch has fallen to ground, or is no longer contacting wires, power returns normally
Rinse, lather and repeat the above for branches all over your neighborhood swinging in the wind and contacting wires, you have exactly what you describe:
* Flashing lights in the sky due to arcing
* Humming sounds due to transformer overloads, power redirection, harmonics on wires, etc
* Power fluctuations, temporary cutouts, and auto-reconnection
Note that it's quite possible your area did experience lightning and thunder (mine didn't) it just that this isn't the only possible explanation.
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