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Lightning Powerful Enough To Produce Radiation Bursts Similar To What Occurs On The Sun?

NASA just launched a new satellite that will be installed on the International Space Station to study rare high energy bursts that have been coming from earth. This is a VERY cool experiment and I have more in this article courtesy of NASA...

NASA’s Firestation on way to the International Space Station

http://fox41blogs.typepad.com/.a/6a0148c78b79ee970c019104981150970c-500wi
In August 2013, NASA’s Firestation instrument will be mounted to the International Space Station to help study lightning, as seen here in an image captured in January 2011 from the space station while over Brazil, and its relationship to huge gamma ray bursts called terrestrial gamma ray flashes. Image Credit: ESA/NASA

"An experiment to study the effects of lightning flashes on Earth's atmosphere hitched a ride to the International Space Station on Aug. 3, 2013. The Firestation experiment launched aboard a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s transfer vehicle called Kounotori-4. Firestation will be installed robotically to the outside of the space station, a process that will take about three weeks."

http://fox41blogs.typepad.com/.a/6a0148c78b79ee970c0192ac618bfa970d-500wi Some 50 strokes of lightning occur on Earth every second. NASA’s Firestation will study lightning’s role in the vast electrical atmospheric system that surrounds Earth.

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http://fox41blogs.typepad.com/wdrb_weather/2013/08/lightning-powerful-enough-to-produce-radiation-bursts-similar-to-what-occurs-on-the-sun.html

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SPRITES AND JETS OVER OKLAHOMA CITY: High above Earth in the realm of meteors and noctilucent clouds, a strange form of lightning dances at the edge of space. Researchers call the bolts "sprites," and they are as beautiful as they are mysterious. Jason Ahrns, a graduate student from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, photographed a cluster of bright red sprites over Oklahoma City on August 6th. Click on the arrow to view a rare high-speed movie of the phenomenon:
 
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2013/08aug13/sprite_strip2.jpg
 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/musubk/9448254067/
 
"I normally study auroras," says Ahrns, "but I've become involved in sprites as a side interest." At the time of the photo, Ahrns was flying onboard a Gulfstream V operated by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). "We try to get off to the side of sprite-producing storms, ideally about 200 km away, and film them with a couple of Phantom cameras running at 10,000 frames per second. One of the Phantoms has a diffraction grating in front of it to capture high speed spectra, which I don't think has ever been done before."
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http://www.spaceweather.com/
 
Sprite Season Begins [HD]  
 
 



 
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Published on Mar 31, 2012Sprite Season Begins: The first sprites of summer are starting to appear in the skies of North America. The strange thing is, summer is almost three months away. "Sprite season is beginning early this year," says Thomas Ashcraft, who photographed these specimens last night from his observatory in New Mexico:   read more under video
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Sprite lightning.

 

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little explanation pic

 

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This shows how bush fires start in Oz ... also the raw power of our electric universe

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Raw power is right.  We live in a lightning prone area - lots of living trees with long, black scars from strikes.  About 10 years ago we lost 7 cows in one short storm when they ran from the approaching storm to the barbed wire fenceline.  Lightning must have hit the tree at the fence (and only half of it died), ran along the wire and killed them all.  It was probably newsworthy, but we were so shell-shocked, we could only cart away the bodies.

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Dramatic Moment Lightening Struck a Pick Up Truck And Turned It Into a Fireball As Elderly Couple Tried To Escape

An elderly couple had a lucky escape when their truck was struck by lightning as they drove through Alberta in Canada.

The dramatic moment their vehicle was turned into a fireball on Saturday afternoon was caught on surveillance video from a nearby business.

The force of the strike melted parts of Al and Betty Perry's truck and trapped them inside when the vehicle's electrical equipment failed.

In the footage, the couple's car is seen driving along a road next to power lines and under stormy skies.

Lightning suddenly strikes the truck, and a halo of flames can be seen engulfing the vehicle as it continues down the road.

As the lighting hit their Chevrolet, the airbags went off, the electrics malfunctioned - locking the windows and doors - and smoke started to fill the inside of the vehicle.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2650743/Dramatic-moment-lightning-struck-pick-truck-turned-fireball-elderly-couple-tried-desperately-escape.html#ixzz33umdgZqn

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I'm immediately reminded of this Gary Larson cartoon - but happily this couple survived. 

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Double Rainbow with Lightning over Atlanta  

 

 

 

Eric K

 

Published on Jun 5, 2014

After an evening thunderstorm rolled through Atlanta on June 5, 2014, the sky turned brilliant red and a double rainbow appeared. I captured the event along with some amazing lightning (the best moments are at 0:30 and 2:20).

Bonus content: Some random kid is shouting "Rainbow! Rainbow! Rainbow!!!" at the end :)

This has lightning and rainbows

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Lightning Strikes Leave Several Injured And Some Flooding Expected In Summer Storms

July 27, 2014

 

 

 

"A 57-year-old man was struck by lightning on a golf course in Avalon on Santa Catalina Island as rare summer thunderstorms rolled through SoCal today.

 

The extent of the man’s injuries was not immediately known as the small number of L.A. County police and firefighters dealt with several simultaneous emergencies on the island, City News Service reported. The sudden storm also caused at least two brushfires on the island as it moved from San Diego and through Catalina at 12:45 p.m. today. In San Diego, storms left more than 1,000 people without power."

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http://laist.com/2014/07/27/thunderstorms_leave_one_injured_som.php

 Tx Reddwolf

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Pacific storm Julio unleashes powerful 'dark lightning' flash

August 8, 2014

 

Before the Hawaii-bound storm Julio strengthened into a hurricane, a NASA satellite spotted a high-energy flash of "dark lightning" coming from the swirling clouds.

 

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NASA's Aqua satellite imaged twin hurricanes Iselle and Julio approaching Hawaii on Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m. EDT (22:30 GMT).

 

"Before the Hawaii-bound storm Julio strengthened into a hurricane, a NASA satellite spotted a high-energy flash of "dark lightning" coming from the swirling clouds.

NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is designed to detect the brightest explosions in the universe — gamma-rays emitted from sources like supermassive black holes or stars that go supernova. But gamma-rays, which are invisible to the naked eye and last only a few thousandths of a second, can also come from sources on Earth.

On Monday (Aug. 4) at 4:19 a.m. EDT (0819 GMT), when Julio was still a fledgling tropical storm hundreds of miles off the coast of Mexico, Fermi witnessed what's known as a terrestrial gamma-ray flash (TGF) above the clouds, according to NASA. [Elves, Sprites & Blue Jets: Photos of Earth's Weirdest Lightning"

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http://local.msn.com/pacific-storm-julio-unleashes-powerful-dark-lightning-flash

Tx Reddwolf

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Melbourne storms: long delays for commuters after transport system meltdown
October 27, 2014

Deborah Gough

 

impressive video of the lightning at the link

 

"Public Transport Victoria's chief has apologised to commuters for Monday morning's train meltdown saying the authority had failed in its job after lightning and flooding knocked out the system.

PTV's chief executive officer Mark Wild apologised to commuters who endured hours of train stoppages, line suspensions and slower services.
 

"First thing I would say is I am obviously very, very sorry for the inconvenience to our customers today, particularly on such a bad weather morning," Mr Wild told ABC Melbourne.

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"It is our job to get people in on the morning and we are clearly not doing a good job of that," he said.

At least five lines were suspended, including Glen Waverley, Upfield, Sandringham, Cranbourne and Pakenham and only two train lines were travelling through the City Loop for about 45 minutes from 6.45am. It took Geelong commuters about an extra hour longer than usual to get to Melbourne."

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http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/melbourne-storms-long-delays-for-commuters-after-transport-system-meltdown-20141027-11c8wm.html

 

 

 

Storms light up southeast Queensland but bring little rain

Chris McMahon, Brian Williams, Connor O’Brien

October 27, 2014

 

 

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"MORE than 1500 lightning strikes hit Queensland’s southeast in a 15-minute period late Monday, as a bout of stifling hot weather ignited a storm.

The mainly dry lightning storm brought with it small amounts of hail to Carina Heights in Brisbane’s southeast and Toombul on the city’s northside.

At the peak of the storm about 14,500 homes were without power across southeast Queensland.

An Energex spokeswoman said those numbers had decreased to having about 5000 homes still without power as of 8:40pm.

The worst affected area throughout the day was Ipswich, which still has “a bit of damage on the network.”

About 3500 homes were still without power, although that number was “decreasing quickly.”

Energex recorded over 10,000 lightning strikes since 3pm and winds as strong as 70km/h near Amberley."

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http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/storms-light-up-southeast-queensland-but-bring-little-rain/story-fnkt21jb-1227102943315?nk=d6af2e41e6855ee08be6e624d1fb47f8

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Apocalyptic scenes in Moscow as thunderstorm unleashes freak lightning on city 

July 27, 2015

 

 

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Vladimir Sergeev / RIA Novosti

 

 

"Heavy rains with thunder and lightning have descended upon the Russian capital. Though experts warned of the dangers of using cell phones during the storm, many people braved the weather to capture frightening images and share them on social media.

 

Over 40 percent of a typical month’s rainfall hit Moscow in a single day on Monday, the city weather bureau reported.

 

Though dozens of streets were flooded and around twenty flights cancelled at Moscow airports, it was the lightning that caused most of the stir among Muscovites on Monday.

 

One man was killed and a woman injured in separate incidents involving lightning in Moscow, news agencies reported.

The woman was hit by lightning in a park, while the man had reportedly sought shelter from the rain under a tree.

The risk of being hit by lightning increases with the use of mobile phones during a thunderstorm, Evgeny Tishkovets, a specialist from Fobos weather center, told RIA Novosti.

Lightning comes second (after floods) on the list of the deadliest natural forces, he said, adding that around 700 people are killed by such electrical discharges globally every year.

Still, many people were seen out in the storm pointing their devices towards the ominous, black Moscow skies on Monday, with people on social media later jokingly speculating as to how many other “crazy” Muscovites had been out with their cameras instead of hiding under a blanket."

http://www.rt.com/news/310901-moscow-thunderstorm-scary-lightning/        more pictures at link

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Someone taking a picture of lightning in Ft.Meyers, Florida last Friday caught something strange.

NBC 2 News

 

"What is this? These photos are circulating this morning. Kirby Cameron shared these pictures saying they were taken during Friday afternoon's storm in south Fort Myers along Daniels. Have any of you ever taken pictures of lightning and gotten this type of image?"

 

https://www.facebook.com/NBC2News/photos/pcb.10153197693146225/10153197689896225/?type=1&theater

 

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Down below in comments is another one

 

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Interesting!

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Freak lightning strike kills 323 reindeer in Norway

 

 

 

 

Lightning strike kills 323 wild reindeer in southern Norway

August 28, 2016

 

 

"More than 320 wild reindeer have been found dead after a single lightning strike struck a mountain plateau in southern Norway, local officials say, making it deadliest lightning strike ever recorded. (more) 

 

 
 
More than 320 wild reindeer have been found dead after a single lightning strike struck a mountain plateau in southern Norway, local officials say, making it deadliest lightning strike ever recorded. (more) 
 
 
 
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The incident is believed to have happened on Friday afternoon when thunderstorms hit Hardangervidda National Park, which is located in southern Norway and is a popular destination for tourists, featuring one of the country's largest glaciers.
 
The incident was first reported on Friday evening after a hunting supervisor found the group of dead reindeer on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau, but it took until Sunday before officials could visit the site to assess the situation.
 
Our people in the field have found 323 dead reindeer, of which 5 had to be put down due to injuries," said Elin Fosshaug Olsø, a spokeswoman for the Norwegian Environment Agency. All of the dead reindeer were found in a radius of just 50 meters (165 feet)."
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Lightning hits a river..what a sight!

 

 

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thanks breezy, on behalf of lightning freaks everywhere.

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9 hours ago, breezy said:

Lightning hits a river..what a sight!

 

 

It would be very interesting to know what was under that river, that the lightning 'went for' and then ran along under the water..

 

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On 03/08/2017 at 11:30 AM, breezy said:

Lightning hits a river..what a sight!

 

 

Just 'reminded' by a friend - this is not Lightning, but Blasting Cord laid in the river.  The initial 'flash' is a piece of explosive (or detonator)  going off, followed by the cord doing a 'slow' blast - as used for fracturing rock.

Still makes a spectacular sight..

 

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Thanks EagleWings, that does make a lot more sense, doesn't it?

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Man EW, I get caught all the time.  I saw it and went Whoa but when I asked my partner to look at it he said straight off the bat - that is not lightening!!    I just hate Youtube videos because of that. - not science minded at all :hug:

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Bay Area sees 1,200 lightning strikes in rare September thunderstorms

Alix Martichoux     Sept. 12, 2017

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Hardik Desai (@eachplacearhaposdy) photographed the lightning storm from their balcony in San Francisco

Updated on September 12 at 7:20 a.m.: The National Weather Service reported Tuesday morning that 1,200 cloud-to-ground strikes and 5,800 in-cloud strikes hit the Bay Area Monday night.
"You can see both," says Scott Rowe, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Monterey. "Both are just as dangerous."
It started with strong wind gusts between 35 and 50 mph that roared through Monterey County and parts of the South Bay in the early morning hours. Later in the day, temperatures climbed to the 90s in San Jose and the high 80s in San Francisco.
Then came the rain, thunder, and lightning. The National Weather Service tweeted out that the Bay Area saw more than 800 lightning strikes and cloud flashes between noon and 5 p.m.
 By the time thunderstorms bubbled up over parts of the Bay Area Monday afternoon, some people had had enough."

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http://www.sfgate.com/local/article/Bay-Area-thunder-lightning-rain-storm-weather-SF-12189916.php

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