I found this article the other day on a rare straight line positive cloud to ground lightning strike that was captured on video in Zimbabwe.
I grew up in Colorado and was no stranger to lightning. The supercell thunderstorms mixing with the dry air close to the ground was a breeding ground
for some spectacular lightning storms. Sometimes it didn't even rain all that hard.
Shoot, sometimes it didn't even LOOK like it was going to rain and a stray bolt would have us running for the house.
We all were all scared to death of lightning.
Scared because our best friend "Chads" brother was fielding a punt during a pee-wee football game and was struck down dead just as he was about to
catch the ball.
This bolt captured in Zimbabwe of all places is really quite spectacular.
First, just the visual aspect is stunning.
Second, the thunder is rather abrupt and very loud. It seems like something Zeus would throw down from Olympus or from a Star Destroyer.
If this wasn't taken in a Zimbabwe forest, I would suspect that a rocket with a thin metal line was used to spark it off.
But it was a cloud to ground strike. That is clear from the stills in the article.
I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.
The video is in the article
I am going to try and embed the video and link the video. Unfortunately, my laptop is in the shop and I'm doing this on my iPhone.
Even worse I've never even tried doing this before.
A thousand pardons if this is screwed up.
edit on 15-3-2015 by Spader because: (no reason given)