Bolts from the Blue at New Baden, IL - August 17, 2019

Dan Robinson

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After a long season of high-mileage mediocrity, 2019 finally delivers something exceptional 2 miles from home. I was treated to an hour-long show of "bolts from the blue" just outside of my home town (New Baden, IL). The storm was about 15 miles to my southwest, and was throwing bolts 5 to 10 miles to the west into clear air.

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Frame from high speed video:

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Earlier that morning, a round of dawn thunderstorms produced a few nice bolts. This from high speed video at Farmersville, IL:

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