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Lightening Pictures - Fork and Bolt Lightening

Will and Guy's Favourite Pictures of Lightening

A lightening flash lasts only about 200 milliseconds and consists of 4 or 5 individual bolts.  The flicker you see in lightening is due to the individual bolts, which combine to make up the flash.

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  1. Lightening Picture - Storm Strikes Yacht
  2. Lightening in the Desert
  3. Lightening Storm in Majorca
  4. Lightening Strikes Down Chinese Debtor
  5. Lightening Storm Strikes Lake
  6. Lightening Strikes the The Capitol
  7. Rare Picture of Lightening and Rainbow
  8. Lightening Misses Tower
  9. Lightening Bolt Hits Tree
  10. Lightening Strike - Sparks Forest Fire
  11. Weird Lightening Picture
  12. Forked Lightening Pictures

1) Lightening Picture - Storm Strikes Yacht

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Here are two follow-up pictures showing the damage to the mast caused by the lightening bolt.

Lightning strikes yatch

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2) Picture of Lightening in the Desert

What's special about the above lightening picture is the way that the longer you study the image, more and more cacti appear.  It seems a similar effect to the way that our eyes get accustomed to the dark.

3) Lightening Storm Strikes Lake - Two Main Bolts Plus Lots of Forks

Lightening is a gigantic electrical spark that results from billions of volts of static electricity.  Each lightening strike carries a current of 10,000 Amps at 100 million Volts.

Thick Lightning Strikes

4) Lightening Strikes Down Chinese Debtor

A Chinese man called Mr Xu, swore to God that he didn't owed about $100 to his neighbour Mr Huang.  In the time it has taken you to read this a lightening bolt struck down Mr Xu.  Mr Huang remembered the debt well, Xu borrowed the money for a friend's marriage gift.

In desperation Mr Huang said that if Xu dared to swear to god that he did not the money, then he would waive the dept.  Xu foolishly took up the challenge, and made the oath in front of a crowd of neighbours in Fuqing city, China.  Less than a minute after Xu made his oath, he was struck down by lightening.

Xu was quickly taken to hospital where doctors confirmed he had indeed been injured by lightening.  While he is expected to make a full recovery, it is hoped that Xu will settle his debt honourably.

5) Forked Lightening Pictures - Possibly a Lightening Storm in Canada

You must be a dedicated watcher to have the presence of mind to take a picture of lightening bolts, or forked lightening.

Funny picture of lightning

See our forked Lightening Video

6) Lightening Strikes the The Capitol Building in Washington

6a) Another picture of a lightening bolt, this time it strikes the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

Lightning strikes the Eiffel Tower Paris France

6b) Lightening Nearly Strikes Man

Lightning strikes the Eiffel Tower Paris France

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7) Rare Picture of Lightening and Rainbow

Lightening usually occurs during heavy storms while rainbows generally form after the rain has stopped, making an appearance of both simultaneously relatively rare. This clash of weather below, was seen above Fort Smith, in Arkansas, USA.

Lightning and Rainbow

What Chance Lightening Striking Twice?

The reason lightening doesn't strike twice in the same place is that the same place isn't there the second time. Willie Tyler   However....

 The chances of being struck by lightening twice [on different days] is seemingly impossible, so what are the odds of being struck by lightening seven times? Lightning Strikes Twich

For the dubious honour of being the world record holder and the man most struck by lightening who survived may we introduce you to Mr Roy Sullivan.  The thunderous events that happened to him occurred as follows:

1942: Sullivan was hit for the first time when he was in a lookout tower. The lightening bolt struck him in a leg and he lost a nail on his big toe.

1969: The second bolt hit him in his truck when he was driving on a mountain road. It knocked him unconscious and burned his eyebrows.

1970: The third strike burned his left shoulder while in his front yard.

1972: The next hit happened in a ranger station. The strike set his hair on fire. After that, he began to carry a pitcher of water with him.

1973: A lightening bolt hit Sullivan on the head, blasted him out of his car, and again set his hair on fire.

1974: Sullivan was struck by the sixth lightening bolt in a campground, injuring his ankle.

1977: The seventh and final lightening bolt hit him when he was fishing. Sullivan was hospitalized for burns in his chest and stomach.  His 'lightening hats' are on display in New York's and South Carolina's Guinness World Exhibit Hall.

8) Huge Lightening Bolt

Newspaper Headline from the Newport Argus

Man Struck By Lightening: Faces Battery Charge
[He probably IS the battery charge!]

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9a) Lightening Bolt Misses Tower

You can listen to thunder after lightening and tell how close you came to getting hit. If you don't hear it you got hit, so never mind. [spoken by a 6year old]

9b) Lightening Bolt Hits Tree

Lightning hits tree

Watching Lightening

Don't you just love the lightening.  I read recently that in England, the Southern counties have more lightening than the North, with Surrey being the epicentre.  Worldwide, there are about 3,000 lightening strikes per minute.

10) Lightening Strike - Sparks Forest Fire

Lightning Strike Sparks Forest Fire

11) Weird Lightening Picture

Lightning - weird picture

12) Lightening Storm in Majorca.   Picture Captures the Lightening Forks.

Thunder invariably accompanies lightening, they say you can here the thunder for up to 12 miles.

lightning over majorca

13) Lightening Story - Out of the mouths of....

Louise was a little girl who walked daily to and from school. Though the weather one morning was unsettled and clouds were forming, she took her normal stroll to her primary school ½ a mile away.

As the day passed, the weather became more inclement, the wind whistled stronger and there was some loud thunder and fierce lightening. Louise's mother was concerned that her daughter would be frightened as she walked home from school. She herself was afraid of an electrical storm and thought that it might harm her child. Following a massive clap of thunder, lightening rent the sky like a fireball from heaven.

Terrified, Louise's mother got into her car and drove along the route to her child's school. Soon she saw her daughter walking along, but at each flash of lightening, Louise would stop, look up and smile. One followed another, each with the little girl stopping, looking at the streak of light and smiling.

Finally, her mother called her over to the car and asked, 'Louise darling, what are you doing?'

Louise answered brightly, 'God keeps taking pictures of me!'

14) Photograph of a Huge Lightening Bolt in Australia - Kindly sent in by Andrew

Lightning in Australia

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