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Wet Travel Conditions for the East; Snow and Wind for the Pacific Northwest and Rockies

A storm lifting northward toward the Great Lakes will bring periods of rain and gusty winds for the eastern third of the country today. For the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies, accumulating snow and strong winds will make for hazardous traveling conditions through tonight. A stronger storm is forecast early in the week with the threat of severe thunderstorms for the Mississippi Valley. Read More >


Plane Being Struck by a Lightning Flash

The images below show an aircraft being affected by a lightning flash. To the authors knowledge, nobody on the plane was injured. It is unknown if the aircraft experienced any damage. According to the scientist who acquired this imagery, the airplane itself triggered the lightning discharge.

For more detailed information about the imagery below, please read the paper titled:

The interaction of lightning with airborne vehicles.

The imagery below is courtesy of:

Zen Kawasaki
Department of Electrical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Osaka University
Yamada-Oaka 2-1, Suita, Osaka 565-0871
Phone +81 6 6879 7690
FAX   +81 6 6879 7724

Scroll down to observe lightning flash sequence.




Still imagery of plane being affected by the flash




"Fast" imagery of plane being affected by the flash.


"Slow" imagery of the plane being affected by the flash




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