This M.Y. question cites Shulchan Aruch O.C. 227 that states that as long as it is overcast, one recites the blessing on lightning / thunder once (unless the storm continues into the next day.) If it clears up, then storms again, one makes a new bracha.

What if one is in a place and there is a storm. He makes the bracha. It clears in his area. Then he drives and hits the same storm. Is this considered a new event for him so he should make a new bracha?

When the Shulchan Aruch was written, there were no cars. So, I interpreted when it said that it clears up then storms again, this is part of a new thunderstorm cell, which is why you would make a new bracha. However, if you drove back into the storm you were in, this is not a new storm. So, perhaps, you should not say a new bracha.

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I saw this in Yalkut Yosef:

Harav Hayim Kanyevski, cited in Sha'ar Ha'ayin (page 65), ruled that if someone recited the blessings on thunder and lightning and then traveled away from the stormy area and then returned to it, he must repeat the blessings.

This would seem to be the same idea.


It seems from Rav Menashe Klein's Mishneh Halachos (10:46) that one would be allowed to make another beracha on the "new" thunderstorm despite you driving to the "old" one since it would be similar to someone who should make a beracha on the fragrant spices of a store, went elsewhere, and entered another store which had those very same spices.

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  • If you read it more carefully, you will see that in this case where he clearly realizes it is the same storm, it is as if he left and returned to the same store. It is only like going to another store on the assumption that the clouds are not the same. Either way the halacha is the same.
    – N.T.
    Mar 4, 2021 at 10:50

The Mishnah Berurah there states (in summary), that this ruling [of making a new bracha if it cleared up] only applies if it completely cleared up, but if the wind only moved the clouds away for a little while (but it is still cloudy), it's covered by the original bracha.

נתפזרו וכו' - ודוקא היכא דהשמים נטהרו וזכו לגמרי בין ברק לברק ואח"כ נתקדרו השמים בעבים ושמע עוד קול רעם וברק צריך לברך מחדש עליהם דהוי מלתא חדתא אבל היכא שנתפזרו העבים ע"י הרוח אחד הנה ואחד הנה ועדיין מעונן הרקיע אז נפטר הכל ע"י ברכה הראשונה ואין צריך לחזור ולברך מחדש ומשמע בירושלמי דדוקא באותו יום אבל ביום אחר בכל גוונא צריך לחזור ולברך:

The way i see it, when the wind blows the storm back to you, it's still the same storm, and so the original bracha covers it. The same would seem to hold if you went back into the storm -- it's still the same storm; it just got moved by the wind. Therefore, your original bracha should also cover the storm when you drive back into it.

As always, CYLOR before acting on advice given in this answer.

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