Lightning around the world


The Living Force
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Last night, a series of large-scale sprites appeared! This is a view of the sprites that appeared between 21:00 and 23:00 on July 27, 2022, as captured by a camera facing northeast from my house in Hiratsuka. Various shapes of sprites appeared, including carrot-shaped and column-shaped sprites, and the sky was very crowded.


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2 dead and 2 critically injured due to lightning strike near the White House - from what i've seen online, it seems that strong lightning in DC isn't unusual, but 4 people struck by lightning is notable:



2 dead, 2 in critical condition after lightning strike near White House​

Updated on: August 5, 2022 / 10:03 AM / CBS News

Two people who were critically injured in a lightning strike outside the White House have died, police confirmed to CBS News Friday. Two others remained hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, of Janesville, Wisconsin, died of their injuries after the lightning strike in Lafayette Park, located directly outside the White House complex, the Metropolitan Police Department said.

The two other people, a man and a woman, were in critical condition, the police department said. Their identities were not immediately released.

The lightning strike was reported at 6:52 p.m. The victims were near a statue of Andrew Jackson, Maggiolo said, adding that "it appeared they were in the vicinity of a tree."

Uniformed Secret Service agents and U.S. Park Police officers who were in the area and witnessed the strike provided first aid to the victims
, Maggiolo said.

"Their agents, their officers, witnessed this lightning strike and immediately began to render aid," Maggiolo said.

It's unclear exactly what the victims were doing at the time.

"We are saddened by the tragic loss of life after the lightning strike in Lafayette Park," White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement. "Our hearts are with the families who lost loved ones, and we are praying for those still fighting for their lives."

A CBS News camera that was recording on the White House North Lawn around the time of the lightning strike captured the powerful rumble of the thunder.

"The thunder was so loud, @gabrielle_ake and I jumped up in fright,"
CBS News chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes tweeted. "'That's too close - we're shutting down' advised photographer Ron Windham."

Our camera was rolling on the White House North Lawn tonight when lightning struck Lafayette Park nearby, injuring four. The thunder was so loud, @gabrielle_ake and I jumped up in fright. “That’s too close — we’re shutting down” advised photographer Ron Windham.
— Nancy Cordes (@nancycordes) August 5, 2022


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Lightning strike on oil storage tank in Cuba causes explosion and massive fire:

Lightning strike on oil storage tank in Cuba causes massive fire​

By Sahar Akbarzai and Patrick Oppmann, CNN
Updated 0657 GMT (1457 HKT) August 6, 2022
A lightning strike sparked a huge fire at a crude oil storage facility in Cuba.

A lightning strike sparked a huge fire at a crude oil storage facility in Cuba.

(CNN)Lightning struck a large oil storage tank on Friday evening in Matanzas, Cuba, causing a huge fire.

"We are closely following the confrontation with the fire in the industrial zone. We trust the authorities of the brave province, the brave firefighters, and the CUPET workers," tweeted President Miguel Díaz-Canel, referring to the state-owned Cuba Oil Union.

Cuba's state-run media said no deaths had been reported.

The massive fire comes at a time when Cuba faces a deepening energy crisis amid fuel shortages.

"No human losses, injuries or fuel spillage into the sea were reported after the fire," tweeted Cuba's Ministry of Energy and Mines.

An electrical discharge at the base of the oil tank, which stores crude oil, caused the fire, according to Susely Morfa González, the first secretary of the Community Party of Cuba in the province of Matanzas.

The fire did not impact the Thermoelectric Powerplant Antonio Guiteras, the ministry said, which contributes to the national electricity system.

Authorities of the province, the fire department, the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, and the Ministry of Interior are battling the flames, said González.

The tweet below recalls another huge fire at an oil refinery in Cuba back in 2009, albeit not due to a lgihtning strike. One would have thought they'd have increased their safety regulations since then. However, maybe the possibility of foul play should be taken into account, or maybe there are some events that one can't realistically prevent:

In 2009, a fire at the CAPECO oil refinery in #PuertoRico destroyed 21 of the 40 fuel tanks at that facility. The fire lasted several days. All our solidarity with the people of #Cuba who are going through a similar disaster today.
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The Living Force
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According with John Traczyk these are L shell glow mode plasma beams along with the lightning.

The captures I took are not in order.

Other captures are from below videos, I noticed the wide lines just now, do not remember seeing the them before. And, not sure either if they are from the same phenomena. Or, might be something else, reflection of the camera?

Note: one of the twitter video had already been posted but did not registered from whom.



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The Living Force
Other captures are from below videos, I noticed the wide lines just now, do not remember seeing the them before. And, not sure either if they are from the same phenomena. Or, might be something else, reflection of the camera?

Yes mabar, those are from the camera.

Actually the sensor readout - which in CMOS sensors are not fast enough to "dump" all pixels at once - but instead do it like old TV's, line by line. So, when a lightning strikes with their sudden onset of bright light occurs, there will be a delay between before the readout from the sensor has been written to the card - and you get those stripes. Of course at the same time also relates to the shutter speed of the camera. the shorter the shutter speed, the more you get those stripes. It would reqire slow sutter speeds like ¼ sec to almost eliminate those stripes in video frames.

CCD sensors on the other hand (which were used in older cameras), do not have this phenomena, because the sensor reads out image by image, with ALL the pixels at once. Therefore no stripes occur.

for CMOS sensors, it would require something called "Global shutter" (a readout so lightning fast, e.g. faster than the total amount of pixels in the sensor chip) in order to eliminate the stripes.


The Living Force
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France claims new data on lighting activity currently underway with copious amounts of rain.

As crazy as it may seem, this October 20 has just become the stormiest day of the year 2022 in France with more than 52,000 lightning strikes (provisional figure)!

Impressive electrical activity in Troyes in Aube this Thursday evening. The storm system is still very active and continues to move northeast. ( © Proud to be Trojan)

Runway excursion a few moments ago at Orly airport by an Amelia aircraft. Flight 8R1217 from Rodez, operated by Embraer 145, went off the runway in bad weather.
We landed just after… We shot well… same plane, same company from Castres, it moved well and the lightning was very impressive!!

Supercell and grêle

MK Scarlett

The Living Force
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Indeed! That was something to hear this thunder and to see these lightnings almost at the end of October! At least, where I live near Paris, there was no hail, knowing that it was not the region the most impacted, far from it.

From this French source, they now say -according to Keraunos, the French observatory for tornadoes and violent storms- that 53.699 lightnings were detected in France on yesterday September 20th.

Hereafter the number of lightnings on the whole day depending on the department:

Eclairs France 20 octobre 2022.jpg


The Living Force
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Last day electrical activity's with a few honorable mentions.

On October 24, more than 28,000 lightning strikes were recorded in France, including more than 17,000 in Rhône-Alpes alone! Unusual figures for this season. (via @KeraunosObs)

In the space of more than two months, metropolitan France experienced two of the most extreme meteorological phenomena that exist on Earth. A derecho on August 18 in Corsica and an outbreak of tornadoes in the North of France this Sunday October 23. © Blitzortung

Monday 24 October 2022 12:16, UK

3:03pm Oct 24, 2022
An Adelaide man has died after being struck by lightning in South Australia's Riverland.
The tragedy unfolded near the town of Morgan, about two hours north-east of Adelaide, where it's believed the man and his brother were camping.

The 29-year-old man, from Paralowie in Adelaide was struck in Eba about 10 kilometres east of Morgan at about 5pm on Saturday night.

He died at the scene. His brother had been standing only metres away.

Farmer David Modistach said it was an intense storm.

"We haven't had storms like that here for years and it was good to see, but there was a lot of lightning and thunder," he told 9News.

"You're pretty unlucky to be hit.
The conditions here were so bad at the time of the lightning strike, one of the ambulances called to the emergency became bogged on its way in.

Riverland locals and visitors were stunned by the man's death.

READ MORE: Lightning strike survivor's arm tingles when a storm is coming

Tourist Trevor Monti called it a "terrible tragedy".

"It would be very difficult for his family and those around him," Monti said.
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Left map: maximum radar echoes yesterday at the end of the day, we can clearly see the course of #orage which is responsible for the many cases reported from #tornades Map on the right: places where major wind damage has been reported (by Gwenaël Milcareck), non-exhaustive list.
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