Saturday, June 18, 2016

Subtle, But Important, Lightning Danger!

This was moments ago southwest of Wichita (far upper right). See the lightning strokes southwest of Conway Springs (lower left) that appear to be in the middle of nowhere?

If we tilt the radar up higher in the atmosphere you see that thunderstorm is not entirely vertical. There is plenty of intense storm very close to the bolts. This display shows where the bolt hits the ground, not where it originates inside the storm.
This again illustrates that you do not have to be in the rain for lightning to strike. 

By the way, today's storms are moving from southeast to northwest, the opposite of normal. Be careful out there!

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