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Old lightning footage; the popularity of storms VS trains

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VIDEO: VHS-C lightning footage from July-August 2000

Lately I've been spending an hour or so every other day digitizing old analog audio and video tapes. The oldest of those was a cassette of my mom, dad and I when I was 1 year old, the tape of which has remarkably survived for 35 years! There has also been quite a few old train audio clips from the 1980s that I was glad to get digitized for posterity. As for video, the first storm season that I had a camcorder available to shoot storms with was 2000, with a family-owned mid-90s model VHS-C camera that I ended up with that year. The video clip posted above is a compilation of lightning shot during July and August of 2000, mostly in and around Charleston, WV.

Speaking of trains - railfanning is a hobby from childhood that I've mostly abandoned, aside from whenever steam locomotives are running nearby. However, it's interesting to see the popularity of my train videos on Youtube versus storm videos. Here is a selection of a few of my video stats for comparison:

I would have thought that these days, storm videos would have been more interesting to people. It's clear (from Youtube at least) that train videos are not only more popular in general, but are more meaningful to viewers. Maybe I gave up my old hobby too soon.

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