Lightning Bolt Pictures
Will and Guy's Collection of Lightning Bolt Pictures
There are various types of cloud-to-ground lightning strikes, on this page we feature the classic bolt. On other pages we have pictures of fork, bead and ribbon lightning.
Classic Lightning Bolt Strikes Yacht
Here are two follow-up pictures showing the damage to the mast caused by the lightning bolt.
If a band plays music in a thunderstorm, who is most likely to get hit by
Thick Lightning Bolts
Photographer Mitchell Krog says: "In nearly six years of storm photography this single image portrays, more than any other image I've taken, the sheer chaos and power of a lightning storm."
Storm Strikes Lake - Two Main Lightning Bolts Plus Lots of Forks
Lightning is a gigantic electrical spark that results from billions of volts of static electricity. Each lightning bolt carries a current of 10,000 Amps at 100 million Volts.
Also see a spectacular lightning strike on Burj Dubai Tower
Spectacular Lightning Strike
Golfers Often Witness Lightning Bolts
Karin Vickery reported to the BBC of her experience while playing golf in the year 2000 with a friend.
'We had just teed off the 12th hole when the biggest storm I have ever witnessed began. We decided to carry on with our game as we were both at a crucial stage. The clouds became blacker and heavier as the moments wore on. I was walking down to the 13th hole when an enormous piece of fork lightning exploded from the sky. The next thing I remember is waking up in Wrexham Maelor Hospital, north Wales, with 70% burns.'
Karin underwent several operations and said that her life has now resumed a state of normality thanks to the hospital and her friend. 'But I will never forget that fateful day at the 13th hole.' See further stories about unlucky 13.
Will and Guy thank the BBC for help with this article.
You can see the volcano at the bottom, note the ash plume during the eruption of this volcano in Chile. Incidentally, this pictures also features cloud-to-cloud lightning.
Animals Struck by Lightning Bolts
On 19th August 2004 a lightning strike killed 31 cows sheltering under a tree in Jutland in rural southwest Denmark seemingly setting a gruesome world record.
'When I went out to the barn to milk the remaining cows the tears came,' said farmer, Kurt Nielsen. 'It is a really terrible thing.'
The Danish insurers association said it was the largest number of reported deaths of farm animals from a single bolt of lightning.
The Insurers obviously had not known about the sheep in the USA. On September 1st, 1939, lightning hit and killed 835 sheep that had been bedded down for the night on the top of Pine Canyon in the Raft River Mountains of Box Elder County in northwest Utah.
Rain from a passing thunderstorm wet the ground and sheep, causing the lightning's electrical discharge to move completely through the herd of female sheep and lambs. The next morning, fifteen sheep [out of 850] were found alive but in a dazed condition.
The sheepherder was knocked temporarily unconscious, but escaped death because he was in a tent. However, burned spots on his canvas tent revealed that he probably missed the fate of the sheep by only the smallest of margins.
A Chinese man called Mr Xu, swore to God that he didn't owe about $100 to his neighbour Mr Huang. In the time it has taken you to read this a lightning 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 owe 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 lightning.
Xu was quickly taken to hospital where doctors confirmed he had indeed been injured by lightning. While he is expected to make a full recovery, it is hoped that Xu will settle his debt honourably.
Pictures of lightning bolts as wide as this are quite rare.
Lightning Strikes Twice
The reason a lightning bolt doesn't strike twice in the same place is that the same place isn't there the second time. Willie Tyler
Newspaper Headline from the Newport Argus
Man Struck By Lightning Bolt: Faces Battery Charge
Huge Lightning Bolt: Picture Kindly Sent in by Andrew
Lightning bolt pictures from Australia
A flash of lightning illuminates the sky over the 2,500-year-old Ancient Parthenon temple, at the Acropolis hill during heavy rainfall in Athens, Greece.
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