Continuing my tradition...

While filming some tents in Muleshoe, TX this evening that I just KNEW were going to become airborn with the strong winds at any time, my tradition continues...

http://wx5tvs.com/chasephotos/2005/2005pic...muleshoe.tx.wmv

oh yeah, there was this stuff too:

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I thought it was funny that you only flinched the camera and immediately resumed filming like no big deal...just a mere annoyance. :lol:

How close was it David?
 
"Pesky lightning!"
(I suspect a buzzing mosquito would get more attention!)

The video shows a weak fork hitting(?) the power lines. Where did the mail bolt land?

Glad you're OK. Just don't ask me to go chasing with you! ;)

-Greg
 
I am gonna post a video camera on you everytime I see you in the field cause I guess its almost a given I'll see lightning strike!
 
If you play the loop slowly you can actually see bolt as it strikes the electrical wires directly in front of the street light pole. Note that the light on that pole goes out (or at least resets).

I'm guessing, 50-60 feet? Heck you can here the discharge pop of the lightning. I bet the driver in the car driving by probably had to change his/her undewear.

Awesome David!

Evan
 
Had a little fun with lightning a day or two ago too. Click on the images for a bigger version.

nice strike I caught with my camera


A before strike picture..note the pitch black except for the garden lights


And the noon day light a second later when the strike hit off to my left. It's only that bright for a split second but man is it bright!
 
If you note where the wires from that pole in the shot run....to the pole just out of frame to the left of me, right next to where I was parked. I was sitting in the vehicle with the window down. The lightning hit the pole right over my head basically.
 
If you play the loop slowly you can actually see bolt as it strikes the electrical wires directly in front of the street light pole. Note that the light on that pole goes out (or at least resets).

I'm guessing, 50-60 feet? Heck you can here the discharge pop of the lightning. I bet the driver in the car driving by probably had to change his/her undewear.

Awesome David!

Evan

I think it blew out that light. It was still out when I left there about 10 min later. Those people had all that wood furniture set up out there with those tents selling it when the storm blew in. I had just gotten gas at the T&C I was parked on the corner of their lot. With those 70mph winds coming in, I was sure those tents where going to go sailing, but they never did. There had been several CGs in the area within a few blocks of me before the one in the video hit over my head. Those people trying to salvage their furniture in a rush all got in the car immediately after that and left the furniture out. :lol:
 
If that were me videotaping, you'd see the lightning hit and then you'd see the camera pointing down and moving fast.

Nice video and pictures though.
 
Damn that was close!

David, you're starting to remind me of that guy from "The Great Outdoors." That guy in the movie that got hit by lightning like 99 times lol.


That's pretty crazy! :shock:
 
Nice one David! That's quite an accomplishment to catch so many on camera in a short period of time (2 years)!

I've witnessed quite a few very close strikes this year, many of them spectacular. Problem is I wasn't rolling tape on the best of them :(
 
Nice one David! That's quite an accomplishment to catch so many on camera in a short period of time (2 years)!

I've witnessed quite a few very close strikes this year, many of them spectacular. Problem is I wasn't rolling tape on the best of them :(

That's the crazy thing. If I had been trying to get them, I never would have!
Funny how I thought I was going to get one certain shot for the 10pm news weather segment and ended up with something completely different!

That day out there in Kent County when you and I were filming that mulitvortex stuff was getting a little hairy with the sparks wasn't it? :lol: Did you hear me hollar and you and say "I told ya not to park near me!" when that started up? :lol:
 
Were you in the vehicle this time? If not then I know the meaning behind them.
 
We've all gotta chip in and buy David a "Human Lightning Rod" teeshirt.

Just think -- you could start a service. For only $2350 a week, David will tag along with you on chases and get out of the car every time you stop. He will even stand photogenically in front of tornadoes, so you can get the ever-elusive "lightning bolt next to a tornado" shot.
 
I just wanna know when Temples of the Wind is coming out...

Chase season and the van build up kinda got in the way of releasing that.....but it IS coming. I am hoping I have time now to finish it now that most of my chasing is done for the season.

To answer Mike, yep, I was sitting in the vehicle with the window down (opposite side the rain/wind was coming from).
 
I would have to say that Dave Drummond has a permanent stepped leader over his head. Wait, didn't an RFD come down on you last year as well?

IT'S MY 800th POST!
 
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