You're lucky you didn't die anon. I got struck by lightning when I was 16 and it was shit. Last year I was caught out in a horrible lightning storm as I was walking home from work, was on an elevated causeway over the railroad tracks and bolts were literally striking the ground under me. I though I was a goner.
I was caught in a blizzard out on one of the "five sisters" (breakers) in Boston harbor. you can walk out to them when the tide is low, but when it comes in you'll be stuck all night. Well, just as the tide was coming in there was a nasty sudden swell and the wind started howling and it went into a complete whiteout. We had to try and time our 400ft run back to the beach between waves. Water was mostly up to our knees when we ran but got pretty wet overall. And it was fucking frigid.
Heh, water. Good times.