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Thunder and Lightning Storms

Updated on March 22, 2012

Thunder and Lightning Storms

Below is a video I made when I first moved into my new apartment, I was amazed at how many lightning strikes there were during a storm. There are a number of high rise condos where I live with very flat land all around it as you’ll see in the video. This makes the area a “hub for lightning” ; ) Even though I was not able to capture them all when it’s supposed to rain I always keep my camera in hand. I was able to get some still while editing the video, so I recommend that if you are going to try and get some quality pictures of lightning strikes try to get them on video, if your camera takes HD video even better as you will have high quality stills to choose from!

Lightning and Thunder

Lightning and Thunder

after trying to find the original movie i can no longer find it, the only copy lies embedded on my facebook page to see the movie follow the link but this also teaches me a lesson to never delete or at least back up my work. I guess I wasn't sure if I would use it again. so as a default I have thrown some cool lightning pictures up too

Lightning Storms Information

These are mainly ground flashes which are forked lightning, which is exactly what it sounds like. These strikes occur as the positive and negative areas in the clouds grow more distinct, an electric field is produced between the oppositely-charged thunder storm base and its top. These fields become stronger as they separate the atmosphere is a superb insulator that restrains electric flow. A vast amount of charge has to build up so that the force of the electric field overpowers the atmosphere's insulating attributes. A current of electricity forces a path through the air until it encounters something that makes a good connection. The current is discharged as a stroke of lightning!

Where there’s Lightning there’s Thunder

Lightning causes thunder. Thunder is the sound created by quickly expanding gases along a bolt of lightning. Energy from lightning heats the air to 18,000 degrees Fahrenheit. This creates a rapid expansion of the air, causing a sound wave to be heard as thunder. The initial tearing sound is usually caused by the sharp tear or crack heard in at close range.

Pretty cool, now you know what causes thunder and lightening try to capture it, that’s the true challenge!


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    • epigramman profile image

      epigramman 7 years ago

      ...gee - guess I was misinformed - I thought by the title of this hub it was about the battle of the sexes!!!!

    • fred allen profile image

      fred allen 7 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      Very informative! Awesome pics!

    • Chaotic Chica profile image

      Chaotic Chica 7 years ago

      Beautiful photos. I adore a good thunder storm! Thanks for the technical aspect behind them as well!

    • BkCreative profile image

      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      The photos are spectacular. Thanks for the information too! And nice to meet you by the way!

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      Silver Poet 7 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      So sorry your video is no longer operational. Thanks for the cool lightning pics!