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Lightning Strikes
me | 8/25/2011 | bigheadfred

Posted on 08/25/2011 9:09:17 AM PDT by bigheadfred

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1 posted on 08/25/2011 9:09:20 AM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred

Interesting - can lightening forks go as far as several miles from the main strike? Is that what you had in your yard?


2 posted on 08/25/2011 9:11:22 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: bigheadfred
Was the hair on your arms sticking out straight?
3 posted on 08/25/2011 9:11:35 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: bigheadfred

Nice


4 posted on 08/25/2011 9:12:29 AM PDT by svcw
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To: SunkenCiv; TheOldLady; FredZarguna; Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!; Fred Nerks; ...

ping


5 posted on 08/25/2011 9:13:21 AM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: bigheadfred

ZOT!


6 posted on 08/25/2011 9:14:52 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Was the hair on your arms sticking out straight?

Only when I looked at the film.

7 posted on 08/25/2011 9:16:01 AM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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8 posted on 08/25/2011 9:17:49 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
ZOT!

Like I deserve it? Haha. Ya missed me.

9 posted on 08/25/2011 9:18:00 AM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: bigheadfred

Amazing pix. Thanks for pinging me. Did you just move in?putting in a underground shelter?in ground pool?If it’s pool I hear the salt filters are amazing.


10 posted on 08/25/2011 9:18:32 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (It is possible to both promote Palin and support Bachmann at the same time, ya know.)
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To: bigheadfred

Cool !


11 posted on 08/25/2011 9:19:42 AM PDT by CORedneck
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To: bigheadfred

That’s amazing! Or a nice Photoshop job ;-)

Seriously, thank you for sharing that. Was there a visible impact in your yard?


12 posted on 08/25/2011 9:19:55 AM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: bigheadfred

Thanx for the post-last bolt looks real close.Tom


13 posted on 08/25/2011 9:20:03 AM PDT by Thombo2
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To: bigheadfred

Oh and don’t touch your fence for awhile you may get zapped and turn purple.


14 posted on 08/25/2011 9:20:19 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (It is possible to both promote Palin and support Bachmann at the same time, ya know.)
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To: bigheadfred
I could be some sort of artifact internal to the optics.

If lightning hit that close to you, you'd be the first to know. Hard to believe that it wouldn't have grabbed hold of the fence.

15 posted on 08/25/2011 9:20:41 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: PGR88
Interesting - can lightening forks go as far as several miles from the main strike? Is that what you had in your yard?

I heard lightning goes from the ground up. The one seemingly in my yard is the first frame.

16 posted on 08/25/2011 9:20:57 AM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: bigheadfred

good shots.


17 posted on 08/25/2011 9:21:31 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: bigheadfred

The other two are definitely behind the trees. Maybe a small separate strike? Just as well for you that it was small, I’d say.

When I was about twelve, in a camp in the Adirondacks, there was a thunder storm, we were sitting in a room at night with the window open and the lights out, and suddenly a ball of lightning emerged from a brass light fixture on the wall. It slowly crossed the room and went out the open window.

Strange and unforgettable.

And one time a lightning bolt hit the water not far from our sailboat during a race. I felt a jolt of electricity go up my arm, where I was holding a wet main sheet. I was very proud that I didn’t let go, and we won the race. But it was just as well it didn’t hit a little bit closer.


18 posted on 08/25/2011 9:21:32 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: bigheadfred

Really nice photos


19 posted on 08/25/2011 9:23:17 AM PDT by DieNarrin (Artificial Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity!)
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To: bigheadfred
Lightning can be generated from the ground up as your picture proves. Read this explanation from NOAA:

Does lightning strike from the sky down, or the ground up?

The answer is both. Cloud-to-ground lightning comes from the sky down, but the part you see comes from the ground up. A typical cloud-to-ground flash lowers a path of negative electricity (that we cannot see) towards the ground in a series of spurts. Objects on the ground generally have a positive charge. Since opposites attract, an upward streamer is sent out from the object about to be struck. When these two paths meet, a return stroke zips back up to the sky. It is the return stroke that produces the visible flash, but it all happens so fast - in about one-millionth of a second - so the human eye doesn't see the actual formation of the stroke.

20 posted on 08/25/2011 9:23:31 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Buy Gold and Guns Now!)
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To: bigheadfred

I think you are looking at two events. The one in your yard looks like leader stroke that never “connected” to the main charge. The more distant one behind the tree did connect.

Every lightning strike starts with a leader stroke. They have a distinct sound.

Looks like you almost witnessed a strike in your yard!


21 posted on 08/25/2011 9:23:33 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: PGR88

It’s an artefact from the light reflecting off the digital sensor, off the back of the lens then back to the sensor. The artefact matches the bottom of the “true” lightening bolt image. This happens on very bright scenes.


22 posted on 08/25/2011 9:23:56 AM PDT by dmcnash (y)
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To: Paladin2
I could be some sort of artifact internal to the optics.

And I thought that might be it. But I don't know.

23 posted on 08/25/2011 9:24:39 AM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: bigheadfred

It looks like the one in your yard is actually a digital relic in your camera from the main strike as they have the same shape. I assume the main strike behind the tree was the main strike and the first picture in the sequence. I know how it could happen on a film camera but not sure how that would happen on a digital camera unless it was an imprint from the lightening flash temporarily on the lens.


24 posted on 08/25/2011 9:26:08 AM PDT by lp boonie (Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment)
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To: dmcnash

you nailed it. cut and overlay the bottom of both and they are the same exact shape.


25 posted on 08/25/2011 9:27:31 AM PDT by jbp1 (be nice now)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway; bigheadfred
Like I deserve it? Haha. Ya missed me.

He was getting close to a ZOT! with some of his posts last night! LOL

Seriously Fred, you're very lucky! Good thing you weren't standing out near the fence!

26 posted on 08/25/2011 9:29:04 AM PDT by Errant
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To: lp boonie; dmcnash

Thanks. And it must be an artifact. I can see now how it matches the bottom of the main bolt. But it is the first frame.


27 posted on 08/25/2011 9:29:43 AM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: bigheadfred
Very cool pix. That purple one is called a 'streamer'. Lightning actually travels from the ground up.

Special photography can capture this. An item that is unable to properly discharge a build up of electricity creates this streamer as the potential is attracted to the opposite charge in a storm. When they make contact...Whoopeeee! Lightning.

This is why my radio antennae are well grounded. They rapidly discharge any potential to ground. Never been hit even once...for which my expensive comms equipment is very grateful.

28 posted on 08/25/2011 9:37:48 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Deploy. Dominate. Disappear.)
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To: Errant; AngelesCrestHighway; Lazamataz; Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Last night? Last night was pretty tame. Unless you mean the excitement trying to trank Laz. Or get Dubya back on their chain.


29 posted on 08/25/2011 9:39:12 AM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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My friend, you caught one of the most interesting phenomena of lightning. We all see lightning coming from the sky to the ground, yet lightning as best as I can describe needs a path and the pathway always starts from the ground.

So my friend you are a very lucky man or woman because that one did not complete and it was in your front yard. This is not uncommon, for pathways not the complete. If it had completed I would not want to be standing anywhere too close to it.

Great pictures, and very rare camera picked of a pathway not completing, you are indeed fortunate. I’m sure there’s descriptions of the event that you caught, but it’s the best a layperson like myself can do. Absolutely Cool.


30 posted on 08/25/2011 9:39:20 AM PDT by YihYthink (Freedom is never Free)
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My friend, you caught one of the most interesting phenomena of lightning. We all see lightning coming from the sky to the ground, yet lightning as best as I can describe needs a path and the pathway always starts from the ground.

So my friend you are a very lucky man or woman because that one did not complete and it was in your front yard. This is not uncommon, for pathways not the complete. If it had completed I would not want to be standing anywhere too close to it.

Great pictures, and very rare camera picked of a pathway not completing, you are indeed fortunate. I’m sure there’s descriptions of the event that you caught, but it’s the best a layperson like myself can do. Absolutely Cool.


31 posted on 08/25/2011 9:39:30 AM PDT by YihYthink (Freedom is never Free)
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Lol!

Very interesting sequence; thank you for posting it. Had never heard of ground-to-cloud lightning or ground-to-ground lightning before. Found a video of ground-to-cloud lightning in slow motion at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NZ7BollRo4


32 posted on 08/25/2011 9:41:10 AM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: skr

Be fun to get some home video like that.


33 posted on 08/25/2011 9:47:26 AM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: bigheadfred

Astronomy picture of the day!


34 posted on 08/25/2011 9:48:29 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: DBrow

Can the leader stroke take out a lectric transformer? As my neighbors was fried and I heard the thunder and clap and saw a weird light in my office of my house 32 feet away. I thought I was dead.


35 posted on 08/25/2011 9:58:57 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (It is possible to both promote Palin and support Bachmann at the same time, ya know.)
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36 posted on 08/25/2011 10:17:56 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao << >> with a floating, shifting, ever changing)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

“Can the leader stroke take out a lectric transformer?”

I don’t know. They are much lower energy than the real stroke.


37 posted on 08/25/2011 10:48:25 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: jurroppi1

ping to self for later.


38 posted on 08/25/2011 10:57:37 AM PDT by jurroppi1
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To: bigheadfred
Bit off topic...but an example of what can be done with time lapse photography equipment...storm approaching included....fr thread:

Tempest Milky Way ( A mosaic & video with Music )


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39 posted on 08/25/2011 10:57:42 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
His rig:


40 posted on 08/25/2011 11:06:53 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: TheOldLady
Here's another.


41 posted on 08/25/2011 11:06:53 AM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
His rig:


42 posted on 08/25/2011 11:09:22 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: bigheadfred

Very cool. It’s pretty unusual to catch the return stroke rising from the ground.


43 posted on 08/25/2011 11:11:54 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (Gov. Perry is a solid conservative... as long as it's campaign season.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Very nice. Something for my wish list. I’m bumping it up the list. Thanks.


44 posted on 08/25/2011 11:13:56 AM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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Aw, Fred! That’s beautiful! It looks like a heart-shaped balloon on a curly string. Or a pretty flower on an odd stem, LOL! And you’re still getting the rainbow action going on, too. Great pix.


45 posted on 08/25/2011 11:45:35 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: bigheadfred
yeah got a rare photo there.

I recall seeing a similar one on the weatherchannel calendar some years ago.

It shows the bolt going upward.

46 posted on 08/25/2011 11:49:22 AM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the Wes)
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To: bigheadfred
Google "lightning leader" to see other pictures similar to yours.

You came very close to having a bolt of lightning hit just feet away from you. Very cool (and dangerous!).

47 posted on 08/25/2011 12:29:17 PM PDT by Johnny B.
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Nice!


48 posted on 08/26/2011 4:37:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks. Beats hanging around waiting for another pic of Vesta.


49 posted on 08/26/2011 4:41:10 PM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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NASA plays ‘em a little too close to the Vesta, if you ask me.


50 posted on 08/26/2011 5:04:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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