very close lightning strike

Holy cow....now that was insanely close. Thanks for pointing that out, I've added that to my youtube favorites.

Here is a screenshot of the peak intensity of the bolt, which struck the house next door.

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Just goes to show one of the biggest dangers in videotaping severe weather is the randomness of lightning. Definately a good video to keep us alert and prepared.
 
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Agreed, holy cow that is an insanely sweet video and close call!

I've caught a close bolt about a month ago while chasing a supercell here over northeastern Italy, this is a video grab picture:

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It hit just few metres in front of me into a steel fence near the road. I was driving through a hailstorm so it was hard to hear anything besides hail smashing on my car, but at least I saw sparks going out after the hit like it looks when firecrackers explode!
 
Now that's totally awsome!!! That guy must of done a big poo poo in his shorts :D Jokes aside... From what I see from the video that guy seems elevated (top of the roof).. looking for trouble if you want my opinion!
 
Wow :eek: That was insane! I just found another one on youtube where some guy was fixing his motorcycle, when a bolt struck right next to him. Here's the clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkaS7mf2hrI. He got very lucky on that one! (warning: contains some profanity).


Wow! If you freeze the frame when the bolt strikes, you can see an arc from the wrench in his hand to the bike. At first I thought it was the bolt flash coming through the bike, but there is a metal plate behind the arc. Wild!
 
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Wow! If you freeze the frame when the bolt strikes, you can see an arc from the wrench in his hand to the bike. At first I thought it was the bolt flash coming through the bike, but there is a metal plate behind the arc. Wild!

Holy crap! I just noticed that when I went back and watched the video. Apparently the strike was a lot closer than I previously thought. Here's the screen capture of that arc:

Scary!

 
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Look at the bluish arc at the bottom of his hand, which is actually coming from the bottom of a wrench he is holding and is arcing back to the bike. No wonder he felt it pass through.
 
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