I thought of this thread (or maybe just something similar) and wanted to share my experiences last night. There was a lightning storm at Cedar Point last night. It was making no sound, so my friend said it was heat lighting (which I really did not know what it was). It was windy, the rides were still running, and we decided to ride Magnum. The first ride, lightning flashed as we crested the lift hill (first row, last car, or third-to-last row), but the ride was otherwise normal aside from the lightning (which may have also flashed during the ride), and we didn't really give another thought. Running over the trims, we hardly heard anything besides a brief noise, indicating the trims were low or off. The airtime on the return seemed normal - my friend does not believe in the "ejector seat", and we tried it once, and the airtime was not that much better, but I wished I could get a ride there without trims. The ops let us stay on, but just as our train engaged the lift hill, there was a huge flash in the sky, and this time...
Now, we realize this is a real, nearby thunderstorm that could fry us if we were closer. As we raced towards the turnaround, my friend compared it to a train to death. Lake Erie seemed to fade into a pitch-black horizon. That was one of the freakiest park experiences ever.
Would I be allowed to post this in the Cedar Point thread along with a mini-trip-report?