Not to be a complete contrarian, but the pic you posted could
just as easily be two strikes, cloud to ground, more or less
contemporaneous. Seems like a much more plausible explanation
of the image.
As for the global warming comment, Michael Creighton's list of
academic papers would disagree with the premise that it's taking
place, or that man is the proximate cause.
Personally, I have pics of my grandfather and father ice fishing
in NJ, with the model-A out on the ice. That particular river
hasn't been frozen in my lifetime. Something's going on.
From: Thomas Giella KN4LF [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 11:12 AM
To: Thomas Giella KN4LF; Lori Giella
Subject: Florida Ground To Ground Lightning Strike
Florida is the lightning capital of the U.S. with the highest annual number
of lightning related injuries and deaths. There are many types of lightning
discharges but cloud to ground (positive) and ground to cloud (negative)
discharges do the most damage.
In June 2006 a Skywarn observer took a photograph of a lightning discharge
on Sugarloaf Mountain (elevation 312 feet) in Lake County Florida. The
photograph reveals the first "documented" ground to ground lightning strike.
I have heard of lightning striking the sides of buildings rather then the
roof, chimney or attached TV antenna and now I know how that has happened.
The unusual lightning bolt is probably related to global warming.
Thomas F. Giella, KN4LF
Retired Meteorologist & Space Plasma Physicist
Lakeland, FL, USA
732 548 5573 office
732 548 7559 home
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