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Thunderstorms dazzle downtown Pittsburgh: Lightning delays Steelers exhibition game
August 16, 2003

By DAN ROBINSON
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CHASE VIDEO: Lightning over downtown Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, PA - Storms developed after dark on August 16, 2003 in western Pennsylvania and moved toward the Pittsburgh metro area. The lightning activity was sporadic and weakened as the storms approached downtown. The Steelers exhibition football game at Heinz field was delayed for 31 minutes in the 3rd quarter due to the lightning. The Goodyear Blimp hovered over the city for the game, but quickly headed to the airport as the storms approached. The first video frame below shows the blimp backlit by a distant flash of lightning.

From Storm Highway video:

A lightning flash backlights the Goodyear Blimp:

Lightning behind the PPG building:

An intense flash overhead lights up the city:

Lightning over the downtown skyline:

Lightning over the Steelers game at Heinz Field:

35mm Camera/Lens/Film: Pentax K1000 SLR, 200mm lens, Fuji Sensia 100 slides.
35mm Exposure: 10 seconds @ F5.6

 

 

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Lightning over Heinz Field

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