This post was written by Schnack on July 25, 2016
The video and images below are just a few shared with us of a storm in southern Minnesota moving south into northern Iowa Wednesday night. The lightning was seen as far south as the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area. The storm fell apart when it moved into Iowa.
The video below was taken at Decorah by Jordan Kjome.
This post was written by Schnack on June 23, 2016
“When thunder roars, go indoors.”
This is a common saying when it comes to storm safety. The National Weather Service in La Crosse, Wisconsin tweeted this year’s statistics as of May 2, 2016:
More than 20 people died per year as a result of lightning in each of the past 10 years. The most fatalities during that period occurred in 2006, with a total of 48 people. Last year alone saw 27 deaths because of lightning strikes. The number of lightning fatalities has been nearly consistent the past five years:
This year’s fatalities so far have occurred in Mississippi, Florida and Louisiana. Last year, there was a total of two Iowa fatalities, one in May and one in June. On average, most of the deaths happen during the warm summer months – June, July and August.
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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on May 4, 2016
The short answer is no.
Tonight a storm developed very quickly along a cold front in a very unstable atmosphere. A few cumulus clouds developed and before you knew it we had a big storm. Nothing severe…just one producing a heavy downpour and lots of lightning. I heard the term “heat lightning” thrown around a lot to describe the lightning within the storm. What you saw tonight was just lightning inside a thunderstorm….nothing more than that.
A thunderstorm produces lightning. Now if the storm is near by, you see the lightning followed by the sound of thunder. The closer the lightning strike is to you the shorter the time between seeing the lightning and hearing the thunder. Now if the lightning/storm was far away from you, there would be no thunder heard but you could see lightning. This is what happened tonight for many people. The storm tonight was producing a lot of lightning. The storm top was about 45,000 ft…so you would be able to see the lightning from far away (dozens of miles). Some storms produce more lightning than others. This one tonight was one of them. Thunder is rarely heard from a storm more than 10 miles away.
The term “heat Lightning” came about because during the summer months, when it is hot, when large storms form and could be seen from far away without hearing the thunder. Typically the sky is clear overhead with the storm many miles away. Therefore the term caught on.
I hope that clears things up about the lightning tonight and not hearing the thunder associated with it.
Here is video of the lightning Tuesday evening taken by Kent Larson.
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This post was written by Schnack on July 10, 2013