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Night Lightning

Lightning beyond the Lake

Lightning beyond the Lake

Quiet waters of a lake splendidly reflected the lightning that illuminated the northwest side of a band of distant thunderstorms. While a tornado outbreak rampaged a few hundred miles to the northeast in Missouri, the tail segment of the same band of convection formed a nearly solid and non-tornadic line in east-central Oklahoma, pulsating and strobing with mainly in-cloud lightning. Every once in awhile, a tall cloud-ground strike would burst forth, usually just off one edge or another of my camera's field of view. This one, however, didn't escape! The reddening effect at the bottom of the strike comes from filtering through a long distance of relatively dense and particle laden air in the near-surface layer.

6 W Little Axe OK (7 Jan 8) Looking SE