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Massive Heat Wave; Severe Storms and Heavy Rain

A massive heat wave is consuming much of the Midwest into the Southern tier of the U.S. with hazy, hot and humid conditions. These dangerous conditions will likely persist through Thursday as widespread excessive heat warnings and heat advisories are in effect. North and east of the heat and area of high pressure, thunderstorms with damaging and severe winds, large hail and heavy rain are likely. 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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