Lightning…Too Close

The lightning was captured on a security camera from Jasckson, TN Tuesday.

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This post was written by Schnack on September 11, 2013

“Heat” Lightning…is There Such A Thing?

Courtesy: Amy Walther

Courtesy: Amy Walther

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

Lightning Photos from Recent Storms

Here are a couple of photos of lightning from the storms in the last 24 hours.

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This post was written by Schnack on July 13, 2012

More Lightning Facts

Here are a few more lighting stats from the NWS.

For last year alone (2011)
20 of the 26 victims (77%) were involved in leisure activities
  7 of the 26 victims (27%) were involved in water activities
  6 of the 26 victims (23%) were involved in camping
 
So far this year, all 4 victims have been involved in leisure activities (3 men fishing, 1 boy playing)

Based on 210 cases from 2006 through 2011…

  • 62% of victims were doing leisure activities
  • Most deaths were between 10-29 years of age (43%), but there is another spike of 40-60 years old (31%).
  • Most deaths occur on weekends (Saturday – 19%, Sunday – 17%)
  • 81% of victims were male
  • 99% of victims were outside (Duh!)
  • Peak lightning fatality months are June (25%) and July (33%).
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This post was written by Schnack on June 27, 2012

Lightning Facts


Lightning Awareness week is this week. Here are some interesting facts about lightning from the NWS.

  • Average people killed each year from lightning in the US = 54.
  • Over 80% of lightning victims are male.
  • All four victims this year in the US were male; three victims had been fishing.
  • The last lightning fatality in Wisconsin was in 2011, in Minnesota there were 2 in 2009, and in Iowa it was 2008.
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This post was written by Schnack on June 26, 2012

Lightning Safety Awareness Week: June 24-30

From NWS:

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Summer is the peak season for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena— lightning. But don’t be fooled, lightning strikes year round. The goal of this Website is to safeguard U.S. residents from lightning. In the United States, an average of 54 people are reported killed each year by lightning. Click here to learn more about lightning.

 

 

 

 

The below chart shows what type of weather event has caused death.

 

 

 

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This post was written by Schnack on June 24, 2012

Lightning Damage

Lightning is nothing to mess with. When there is a thunderstorm near by…you need to get inside a building. Thunderstorms moved through Grundy and Black Hawk Counties Sunday night. Fred Keezer took these photos at his place just outside of Dike. There were strips of wood blown off the side of the tree with some chunks more than 200 ft from the tree. Take a look at the piece of the tree Fred is standing next to. 

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This post was written by Schnack on June 12, 2012

Lightning Damage

Lightning is very powerful and nothing to take lightly. Lightning struck this tree  1 mile west of Delhi at 1 AM Friday. The photos were taken by Mark Sands

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This post was written by Schnack on April 3, 2012

Lightning Video

The video was taken in downtown Waterloo Thursday night. You can see lightning strike power line.

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This post was written by Schnack on March 30, 2012

Thursday Storm Photos

The photos below were posted on my Facebook page.

The photo is of the storm moving through Cedar Falls this morning with lightning on the right side of the photo. Thanks to Darren Derhammer for sending the photo.

The photo below was taken this morning 1 mile north of Rowley. Thanks to Ryan Engel for posting sending the photo.

The photo below was taken by Jeff Crooks.

The photo below was taken by April Hurley.

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This post was written by Schnack on July 21, 2011