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Watch A Bolt of Lightning From This Morning’s Thunderstorm – [VIDEO]

If you were driving between Odessa and Midland on highway 191 this morning, chances are you drove through this small thunderstorm. Though it wasn’t severe, it did offer up nice video of lightning.

There are several types of lightning:

Intra-Cloud:
The most common type of lightning. It happens completely inside the cloud, jumping between different charge regions in the cloud. Intra-cloud lightning is sometimes called sheet lightning because it lights up the sky with a ‘sheet’ of light.

Cloud to Cloud:
Lightning that occurs between two or more separate clouds.

Cloud to Ground:
Lightning that occurs between the cloud and the ground.

Cloud to Air:
Lightning that occurs when the air around a positively charged cloud top reaches out to the negatively charged air around it.

Bolt from the blue:
A positive lightning bolt which originates within the updraft of the storm, typically
2/3rds of the way up, travels horizontally for many miles, then strikes the ground.

Anvil Lightning:

A positive lightning bolt which develops in the anvil, or top of the thunderstorm cloud, and travels generally straight down to strike the ground.

Heat Lightning:
Lightning from a thunderstorm that is too far away to be heard.

What type of lightning would you describe this as?

 

(NOAA)

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