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   CaliforniaMama  Thursday Aug 23 12:06 PM

August 23, 2012 - Lightning Texas Style

Lightning streaks across the sky in Tyler, Texas as a powerful line of thunderstorms, several spawning tornadoes moved across Texas, on April 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman)
Worldwide, lightning strikes around 50 times every second (more than 4 million times every day). Electrical imbalances generated by turbulent skies are suddenly balanced by a spectacular discharge tracing across a darkened sky -- a display that is both frightening and awe-inspiring.
via In Focus

glatt  Thursday Aug 23 12:12 PM

Nice shot. Lightning isn't so easy to capture well.

BigV  Thursday Aug 23 12:52 PM

unless you're shooting at 1,000,000,000,000 fps.

Adak  Tuesday Aug 28 06:11 AM

Lightning is so odd:

First the falling mini-bolts of negative ions flow downward from the sky (for a downward strike), as these mini-bolts get near the earth, they cause an upsurge in positive ions from everything that is close to them.

Then the HUGE power of the lightning bolt races downward from the sky and meets the upsurging positive ions, and follow their "path" - to the extent that it has the least resistance.

All in less time than it takes to blink your eye.

ZenGum  Tuesday Aug 28 10:44 PM

When I see that picture, in my head i hear "and now, young Jedi, you will die!!!"

Adak  Wednesday Aug 29 01:57 AM


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