I'm not entirely sure why, but over the last year, a resolve has taken hold to "expand the envelope" and ride safely and more or less comfortably in all weather. In other words, to move well beyond fair weather cycling and to be confident and safe in all conditions. In my v3 commute, I have even been able to develop workable and safe routes that work when it gets very foggy.
One condition has never been comfortable, that being thunderstorms; and lightning in particular. That would not be a problem if I were home in Western Washington. Lightning is rare there. It would not be a problem if I were mainly riding recreationally as I could always wait for the storm to blow over. But commuting is unique in that most people are expected to be at work by a specified time. Me included.
I realize that a cyclist is not usually the most convenient current path compared to nearby trees, houses, phone poles and such, but "usually" is kind of like "usually, you won't get bit by a rattlesnake" or "usually that gun is unloaded."
Perhaps, however, prompted by a tip, I may have "gotten an app for that." It is called "Boltmeter." As you can see in the photo, there is no lightning within 30 miles of me here in Quebec (I'm on a visit).
I'm hoping that, combined with good weather apps such as "Weatherbug," tha added information will make the morning trip to work less hit or miss (both literally and figuratively). Afternoon lightning is less chancy. My dear wife is very understanding if I call to let her know I'm going to wait things out. She probably will offer to give me a ride, but to accept would not be consistent with moving beyond fair weather cycling. It never really occurred to me before, but I find the notion of a cell phone as a useful cycling safety aid to be both tantalizing and somewhat ironic.