Fire and Ice

12 01 2009

Okay, maybe not fire, but something just as cool…


This is a massive discharge of electricity from the top of a cumulonimbus cloud.  Notice the blue color?  That’s indicative of low humidity in the area.  Lower humidity = lower voltage required for a discharge = greater distance lighting can travel.  You can see how this makes for an potentially dangerous situation.  And also potentially beautiful.

There’s a whole slew of pictures like this with extensive science-y type information here.

But even more impressive than that is this picture taken in Switzerland after a rain storm in sub-zero temperatures.


Simply amazing.  I’d love to know what kind of tree that is.  If a storm like that happened in the southern U.S., it would flatten every tree in the region.

I found this on the same website as above,  It’s a really cool site and you should peruse it for a while.




4 responses

12 01 2009

Well I don’t see how you can talk about lightning without a clip like this.
the coolest of it is in the first ten seconds, but I could watch this over and over again.

12 01 2009
Terry Johnson

Nick, that was awesome!

I wonder what the frame rate was? The multiple flashes at the end were even cool. I want more information!

13 01 2009

Here you go. I found the guy who took the video. HE’S GOT MORE!

14 01 2009

on the subject of awesome videos, I’m sure you’ve seen this by now, but if you haven’t you need to.

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