I love watching it. I remember once when I was little my parents took me outside after I had fallen asleep. I woke up laying on our porch swing next to my parents watching the thunder, lightning and rain. It is one of my favorite memories.
When it comes yo lightning, my strongest memory is of when i was about 14 or so. I was in summer camp and it was leisure time so we went swinging with a couple of roommates. Lightning and strong downpour soon followed but we still continued swinging and observing the weather. When the adults had managed to usher us back in, we were soaking wet.
Did not notice 17 K. Used to have a wood cook stove for cooking and heating 6 decades ago--used black Oak when I cooked a turkey--8 hours of keeping temp just right. TPBM knows a simple, good pumpkin recipe(besides soup or stew, Preitler harvested way too much...
Cut it into slices, mix with oil, ground black pepper, salt, parprika, garlic powder and cayenne pepper. Put it on a foil lined tray and bake until slightly crisp on the outside and still soft in the inside. Yummy roast pumpkin
(I made that recipe orginally for butternut squash but I'm sure it'd work for other squashes too)