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                   Friday, August 5, 2012 - 4:02AM CDT

Western Indiana supercell & Indianapolis lightning - August 9

By DAN ROBINSON
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HD CHASE VIDEO: Lightning over downtown Indianapolis on August 9

I chased in and west of the Indianapolis metro area Thursday afternoon and night while on the way to Pittsburgh for a family trip. I caught a briefly supercellular storm near North Salem that displayed dramatic structure as it transitioned linear:

Later, I set up in downtown Indianapolis to shoot lightning as the convective complex moved over the city. I caught a direct CG strike to the Chase Tower, which connected to the south side of the building rather than the antennas (it's not uncommon for downward-moving lightning to connect to objects below their tops). The strike produced two upward leaders emanating from the building's antennas (see crop below).

Another close cloud to ground strike (its branches visible at upper left here) also produced an upward leader from the building's antennas:

Closer crop showing leader:

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