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Most lightning strikes have at least 2 to 4 seconds of 'padding' or lead-in and lead-out. Long-duration clips are designated as those in which there is no break in the continuity of the video. See also our High-Definition lightning video catalog in the Storm Highway HD Library.

# NCL-062907A - Close Lightning Strike

This video is available in high definitionDate filmed: June 29, 2007
Location: Willow Springs, North Carolina
Speed: Realtime
Class: Premium

Description: A startlingly close lightning strike rips through the air above a rural field near Raleigh, North Carolina, with a deafening crash of thunder.

Preview clip, 694KB

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# WVL-070406A - Close-Up of Lightning Striking Antenna 1

This video is available in high definitionDate filmed: July 4, 2006
Location: St. Albans, West Virginia
Speed: Realtime
Class: Premium

Description: Three camera views (wide, telephoto and extreme telephoto) yield extremely detailed, close-up shots of three spectacular lightning bolts directly striking the antenna of a television tower near St. Albans, West Virginia on a stormy July 4 evening. After each strike, sparks of molten metal fall from the tower tip like a fireworks burst as loud thunder crashes. Excellent proof that lightning does strike the same place twice! Other lightning bolts flash behind the tower tip.

Preview clip, 27.4MB

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# WVL-061405A - Close-Up of Lightning Striking Antenna 2

Date filmed: June 14, 2003
Location: St. Albans, West Virginia
Total footage: 38 seconds
Scenes: 6 clips
Speed: Realtime
Class: Premium

Description: Three intense lightning bolts strike a television tower near St. Albans, West Virginia in a timespan of less than five minutes. Two cameras record the action from close range, with one set up to capture detailed extreme close-up shots of each strike. Fine detail of each strike is visible, including lightning channel drift, bead-out and return strokes. Glowing metal shards fall from the tower after each strike. Excellent proof that lightning does strike the same place twice!

Preview clip, 2.6MB

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# WVL-041706A - Lightning Striking Antenna at Night

This video is available in high definitionDate filmed: April 17, 2006
Location: St. Albans, West Virginia
Total footage: 20 seconds
Scenes: 3 clips
Speed: Realtime
Class: Premium

Description: Three spectacular lightning bolts strike a television tower near St. Albans, West Virginia in a timespan of less than five minutes. Two cameras record the action from close range, with both set up to capture detailed extreme close-up shots of each strike. Fine detail of each strike is visible, including lightning channel drift and bead-out. Glowing metal shards fall from the tower after each strike like a fireworks burst. Excellent proof that lightning does strike the same place twice!

Preview clip, 19.6MB

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# MDL-WC-061103A - Very Close Strike to Water

Date filmed: June 11, 2003
Location: Easton, Maryland
Speed: Realtime
Class: Premium

Description: A very close cloud-to-ground lightning bolt strikes the water next to a causeway on the eastern shore of the Chesakeake Bay in Maryland, with an orange glow emanating from the last few feet of the lightning channel.

Preview clip, 1.5MB

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# NML-052905A - Close Lightning Near Vehicle

Date filmed: May 29, 2005
Location: Clayton, New Mexico
Total footage: 0:18
Scenes: 4 clips
Speed: Realtime
Class: Premium

Description: Close cloud-to-ground lightning bolts rain down around the vehicle while driving through an intense thunderstorm in northeastern New Mexico. One bolt strikes a pole less than 100 yards in front of the vehicle with an instantaneous blast of thunder.

Preview clip, 1.3MB

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# WVL-062206A - Intense Close Lightning at Dusk

This video is available in high definitionDate filmed: June 22, 2006
Location: Clarksburg, West Virginia
Speed: Realtime
Class: Premium

Description: Frequent, brilliant, startling and close lightning strikes from a strong storm in central West Virginia. Includes great audio of loud blasts of thunder.

Preview clip, 22.3MB

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# WVL-110805E - Intense Close Lightning

Date filmed: November 8, 2005
Location: Charleston, West Virginia
Total footage: 1:13
Scenes: 7 clips
Speed: Realtime
Class: Premium

Description: Frequent, brilliant, startling and close lightning strikes pummel Charleston, West Virginia. Includes great audio of loud blasts of thunder. A diesel generator starts up after one of the lightning strikes knocks out power.

Preview clip, 4.8MB

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# SDL-060705A - Close lightning strikes

Date filmed: June 7, 2005
Location: Kadoka, South Dakota
Total footage: 0:22
Scenes: 2 clips
Speed: Realtime
Class: Standard

Description: Two very close lightning strikes hit near storm observers watching a spectacular supercell thunderstorm. The first bolt is directly in front of the camera, the second is much closer and hits out of the picture to the left. A small clicking sound can be heard as the second strike flickers nearby. Includes great audio of the loud, startling blasts of thunder.

Preview clip, 1.5MB

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# VAL-WC-061503A - Loud Thunder Barrage

Date filmed: June 15, 2003
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Speed: Realtime
Class: Premium

Description: A barrage of close lightning strikes creates one of the most dramatic and hair-raising series of thunder blasts you'll ever hear.

Preview clip, 13.3MB

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# WVL-042205A - Lightning Strike to TV Tower

Date filmed: April 22, 2005
Location: St. Albans, West Virginia
Total footage: 0:12
Scenes: 1 clip
Speed: Realtime
Class: Standard

Description: A close-up shot of a wildly meandering lightning strike to a television tower at night. Sparks fly off of the tip of the tower after the strike.

Preview clip, 1.0MB

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# KYL-020508A - Lightning Hits Towers 11 Times

Date filmed: February 5, 2008
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Speed: Realtime
Class: Standard

Description: Lightning strikes the same place - not twice, but eleven times in a time span of only 20 minutes! These TV towers in Lexington were the repeated targets of lightning strikes during a wintertime severe weather outbreak on February 5, 2008, the same day that tornadoes ravaged parts of Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky. This video sequence captures ten of the eleven hits to the towers, with varying camera angles including several close-up zoom shots of strikes to the tip of one antenna.

Preview clip, 9.7MB

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# TXL-061205A - Texas Supercell Lightning

Date filmed: June 12, 2005
Location: Hamlin, Texas
Total footage: 1:17
Scenes: 5 clips
Speed: Realtime
Class: Standard

Description: Lightning from a tornadic supercell in Texas.

Preview clip, 4.7MB

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# OHL-041704A - Ohio Lightning Barrage

Date filmed: April 17, 2004
Location: Fairview, Ohio
Total footage: 3:25
Scenes: 22 clips
Speed: Realtime
Class: Premium

Description: An intense storm in Ohio drops frequent and very close lightning. Includes hair-raising audio of loud, startling thunder from close strikes.

Preview clip, 8.3MB

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# OHL-082604A - Driving in Thunderstorm

Date filmed: August 26, 2003
Location: Cambridge, Ohio
Total footage: 2:18
Scenes: 23 clips
Speed: Realtime
Class: Standard

Description: Dashcam video while driving on an interstate highway during an intense thunderstorm. Includes shots of lightning photography.

Preview clip, 8.8MB

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# WVL-072705A - Lightning strike to tower

Date filmed: July 27, 2005
Location: St. Albans, West Virginia
Total footage: 0:25
Scenes: 2 clips
Speed: Realtime
Class: Standard

Description: A cloud-to-ground lightning strike to a television tower. Includes simultaneous wide and extreme close-up zoom shots.

Preview clip, 1.6MB

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# WVL-050704A - Lightning along Interstate 79

Date filmed: May 7, 2004
Location: Jane Lew, West Virginia
Total footage: 1:26
Scenes: 6 clips
Speed: Realtime
Class: Standard

Description: Intense afternoon storm with close and brilliant lightning. Includes nice thunder audio from close strikes.

Preview clip, 5.4MB

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# WVL-082904A - Lightning along Interstate

Date filmed: August 29, 2004
Location: Roane County, West Virginia
Total footage: 1:39
Scenes: 5 clips
Speed: Realtime
Class: Standard

Description: Close lightning strikes in rural West Virginia. Includes great audio of thunder.

Preview clip, 5.8MB

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