Feb
23
2009

Lightning like you've never seen it before

Lightning better than this: This is how we usually see lightning photographed. Click on the story links to see the copyrighted images of high-speed lightning photography.
Lightning better than this: This is how we usually see lightning photographed. Click on the story links to see the copyrighted images of high-speed lightning photography.Courtesy andrewomerknapp
Have you ever tried to photograph lightning? I have and the results are usually disappointing. But with some new high speed video technology, researchers are able to slow down what's going on with lightning when it strikes. It all looks really cool.

ZT Research in South Dakota is one of the leaders in this effort. Here's a link to its website with some great video and still photos of lightning captured at high speeds and slowed down. USA Today also features a story today about high-speed filming of lightning strikes.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Pretty rad.

I just saw this post on wired.com this morning. It talks about the attempts to weaponize lightning,—"ball lightning" in particular. Anyway, it also features an embedded video compilation of ball lightning (which is weird stuff).

posted on Mon, 02/23/2009 - 1:06pm
shanai's picture
shanai says:

Those are totally cool! I remember reading this article about how pollution may contribute to the frequency of lighting strikes in the middle of the week which I thought was really strange.

posted on Mon, 02/23/2009 - 3:02pm
bryan kennedy's picture

The USA Today article points out the fascinating fact, that lightning kills more people every year than tornadoes or hurricanes.

posted on Tue, 02/24/2009 - 12:37pm

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