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Night Lightning

Microburst & CG

Microburst & CG

The CG (cloud-to-ground) lightning strike here either penetrated or hit just behind the telltale signature of a microburst - a flared, curving foot at the bottom edge of a precipitation core. No reports of significant damage came from this event, as it struck in a rather dry river valley populated mainly by scorpions, sand burs and scrub brush. However, wet microbursts like this can produce winds of over 100 mph -- stronger than many weak tornadoes such as the one this storm produced several hours earlier.

2 E Kirkland TX (20 May 99) Looking ENE