posted on Dec, 31 2014 @ 09:39 PM
a reply to: mbkennel
That wouldn't explain everything going dark including lights not hooked up to sensors, but I think you might be on to something with the "sensor"
idea. If the camera sensor is exposed to a lot of light, it will reduce exposure and make everything look dark. I don't have an example with city
lights but here's an example of a gray sky that appears to turn almost black after the lightning strike, but the color of the sky didn't change..this
is merely a photographic effect. This is before, during, and after a lightning strike, where the only constant brightness is of the time/date
display...notice how everything else goes darker after the camera's exposure sensor is flooded with light from the lightning strike:
That wasn't really that close or bright, so if you got a strike that was closer/brighter, it would affect the camera's light sensor even more, meaning
the exposure would get even darker after the strike.
Lightning storms certainly can and do cause limited power outages, but probably not for an entire city...or at least that would be very rare. It would
most likely affect some limited portion of a city.
If the video is uploaded, maybe we can tell if there was an actual power outage or if the camera was temporarily "blinded" from the flash of light,
making it look dark for a short time, sort of like the above example.
Note that the same thing happens to your eyes...if they are accustomed to the dark and you can see a lot of stars, if someone shines a flashlight in
your eyes, the stars may seem to disappear for a little while, but obviously they didn't blink out, it's just your eyes adjusting exposure similar to
how a camera makes adjustments. It may take a little while before you can see the stars again.
edit on 31-12-2014 by Arbitrageur because: clarification