Taking Lightning Storm Pictures Here you can find
a short write-up on how to go about filming lightning strikes and getting
lightning pictures using a camcorder. Using a camcorder filming on a tri-pod is easier to use and
safer, because you can retreat to a safer place while the camcorder
continues to film in the danger zone.
has information and pictures on clouds and the conditions needed for
lightning storm producing clouds. There is some really interesting
information here on lightning clouds.
Ice build up in the cloud is
a critical factor to the Lightning process.
has all sorts of interesting facts on lightning like the average voltage of
lightning strikes, the average amount lightning strikes the earth each
second. Spider Lightning, Lightning Crawlers, Positive Giants and the
average Lightning bolt thickness.
is an interesting read on exactly what lightning can do to
the physical human body. Interestingly enough though, your chances of
survival are pretty good, but approximately 100 to 600 people die
annually in the United States as a result of lightning. Serious injuries
are caused in about 1,000 to 1,500 persons each year. This produces a 25
to 32% mortality rate. Of the survivors, 74% sustain permanent injuries.
There are more deaths caused by lightning than any other natural
phenomena including floods, hurricanes and tornadoes.
Survival Stories Here are a
few stories of people who have had real encounters with lightning, and
what they were doing when lightning struck them.
When thunderstorms approach
there are some steps you should take to lower your chance of becoming a
lightning strike statistic. Most people are still very ignorant when it
comes to lightning storms and don't realize what they are doing, during a
thunderstorm can have catastrophic consequences.
Here are some great pictures of mother
nature when she is at work, and in a really bad mood! Storm chasers on
the other hand live for this sort of weather. One might think that Storm
Chasers are crazy, but they are usually very experienced in their field,
know what they are doing and how to position themselves in various
Lightning Storms and Severe Weather is a blog or web log
if you like,
where the years
thunderstorm season will be documented.
Lightning Detectors. These are great and not too expensive. It warns you
how far away lightning is, and tells you which way the storm is moving.
It is called a
They are great and can be purchased for under US$100.00 which is not too
expensive. Information and how to obtain one, can be found
Thunder Storm Season in Namibia starts with the small rain season
around the end of September and the main rain season starts
during January and February. The season ends just before winter time
about beginning of April.
Most houses in Namibia are mainly made of Zinc Tin roofs so when the
thunderstorms start, the sound of rain pounding down on the roof can be
deafening at times, visibility can
drop down to about 60 to 100 meters! Rivers can become torrents of water
in a matter of minutes. The lightning storms here rattle windows as they
make that deep rumbling sound and are still far off. When the storm gets overhead, it's a
different story all together. There are lightning strikes close by all
the time, cloud to cloud lightning is frequent too, and can pass right
over head, which is pretty hair raising most of the time!