Fire and Ice

12 01 2009

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

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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.

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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, lifeinthefastlane.ca.  It’s a really cool site and you should peruse it for a while.

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4 responses

12 01 2009
147horsepower

Well I don’t see how you can talk about lightning without a clip like this.
http://www.break.com/usercontent/2008/8/Lightning-in-Super-Slow-Motion-550470.html
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
147horsepower

Here you go. I found the guy who took the video. HE’S GOT MORE!
http://www.ztresearch.com/

14 01 2009
147horsepower

on the subject of awesome videos, I’m sure you’ve seen this by now, but if you haven’t you need to.
http://www.break.com/index/enter-the-kazoo-man.html

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