Camping in the Rain & Dealing with Thunderstorms
Thunderstorms can be very dangerous and there are a number of things you should consider. First of all, stay away from any trees the best that you can during thunderstorms, especially if there is a lot of lightening. Tall trees are prone to being struck by lightening and you don't want your tent to be crushed by branches. Most experienced campers will try to avoid camping under trees in the first place because of animals and dripping tree sap. You will also want to avoid any metal, high areas and ridges. High areas are always more prone to being hit by lightening.
If you are camping in the rain and the rain is real heavy and you really don't feel safe in your tent, especially if you're under a lot of trees then it is always a good idea to sit in the car. If you are in a low area, there is a good chance your campsite could flood as well. Be cautious about touching metal in your car and be careful if you are under any trees in a high location. You wouldn't want to be sitting in your tent when a branch breaks and falls or some other accident.
If you are camping in the rain and it is just a normal rainstorm without lightening, be sure to not lean against your tent walls. You also do not want any gear to lean against the walls either. Your body and these materials will cause the water to wick through the fabric. Remember, tent fabric is water resistant, not waterproof. Only your rain fly is waterproof. Never put away tents while wet. If you must leave in an emergency, be sure to pull the tent out and allow it to dry thoroughly before putting it up for storage.
Lightening and Thnuderstorms
Tarps are also excellent when camping in the rain. If you make a cooking area that is covered with a tarp, you can still prepare food. You can also dine in the tarp to avoid eating in your tent. If you feel that you need extra rain protection over your tent, you can cover it with another tarp as well. Be sure that all tarps are tight and angled to prevent water from building up in the center of the tarp. Water weighs 8 pounds per gallon, which will quickly cause a tarp or tent to collapse if it is gathering water.
Don't let camping in the rain discourage you. Enjoy you camping trip.