“Darkness held a vague terror for these people, even the bravest among them. Children were warned not to whistle at night for fear of evil spirits. Dangerous animals became even more sinister and uncanny in the dark”
Moonlight: And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.
I imagine the lights in the sky over Arby's as auroras, having something to do with an electromagnetic charge emitted by their foil wrappers. The radiation from Radon Canyon hits the Arby's foil magnetosphere and voila.
Blossoming almond tree: in Hebrew tradition, almond trees were associated with the idea of Awakening. In the Victorian language of flowers, almonds symbolised indiscretion, whilst flowering almonds symbolised hope.