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2014-06-26 02:49:44 PM  
I'm going to Yellowstone Park next week so I'm really getting a kick out of this ZAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP!
 
2014-06-26 02:52:58 PM  
Wow. I wonder if there's another video showing similar action.
 
2014-06-26 02:57:36 PM  
Whoa. That's pretty gnarly.
 
2014-06-26 04:19:31 PM  

Walker: I'm going to Yellowstone Park next week so I'm really getting a kick out of this ZAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP!


Supervolcano is what you need to worry about.
 
2014-06-26 04:19:56 PM  
Nice job USA Today, putting your farking logo in the way of the video.
 
2014-06-26 04:20:06 PM  
Say what you want about our new reality of the surveillance state....we sure do get some great lightning/meteor/tornado footage now a days.
 
2014-06-26 04:21:41 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-06-26 04:24:24 PM  
Goddamn, nearly pissed myself just watching it. That guy should have been buying lottery tickets.
 
2014-06-26 04:24:45 PM  
Actually, human eyes CAN see it. At least the farking flash itself. I've been close to these, and it's like standing in God's Flashbulb... Not 'In front of', but inside the goddamned thing. What's far cooler is the sound. Microphones never do it justice, but being right there when lightning hits is like the sky is literally being ripped apart... Not a crash or a boom, but really a ripping sound. Every time I read The Talisman by King/Straub, I come across a scene in the book where the sky gets ripped and I know how it sounds.

Flagstaff and the Canyon were great places for lightning... Saw some awesome shiat.
 
2014-06-26 04:25:44 PM  
CSB:
I remember when I was a kid hanging out at a friends house because it started raining. We were out on the porch when lightning struck the middle of the street, less than 10 feet away from me. I screamed like a girl.
/No idea why lighting would strike the middle of the street.
 
2014-06-26 04:26:06 PM  
Meh, been hit three times while camping.

The Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Deb Markowitz has been zapped like 5 times.

If you're in shape, you might live.
 
2014-06-26 04:26:18 PM  
Till the person reaches 66 times in the head, I don't wanna hear about it.
 
2014-06-26 04:27:27 PM  

The hopeless imp: CSB:
I remember when I was a kid hanging out at a friends house because it started raining. We were out on the porch when lightning struck the middle of the street, less than 10 feet away from me. I screamed like a girl.
/No idea why lighting would strike the middle of the street.


Path of least resistance to ground?
 
2014-06-26 04:28:18 PM  
That's not being struck by lightning.

THIS is being struck by lightning.
 
2014-06-26 04:29:57 PM  

max_pooper: The hopeless imp: CSB:
I remember when I was a kid hanging out at a friends house because it started raining. We were out on the porch when lightning struck the middle of the street, less than 10 feet away from me. I screamed like a girl.
/No idea why lighting would strike the middle of the street.

Path of least resistance to ground?


Probably a metal pipe close to the surface level of the street.
 
2014-06-26 04:30:19 PM  
A lightning bolt narrowly missed a group of campers in Yellowstone National Park earlier this month-and one member of the group actually caught it on film.

No he didn't.
 
2014-06-26 04:30:28 PM  

Mikey1969: Actually, human eyes CAN see it. At least the farking flash itself. I've been close to these, and it's like standing in God's Flashbulb... Not 'In front of', but inside the goddamned thing. What's far cooler is the sound. Microphones never do it justice, but being right there when lightning hits is like the sky is literally being ripped apart... Not a crash or a boom, but really a ripping sound. Every time I read The Talisman by King/Straub, I come across a scene in the book where the sky gets ripped and I know how it sounds.



I was within 25 or so yards from a strike.  It was deafening, and took a few seconds for me to register what happened.  I went back inside and kept drinking.
 
2014-06-26 04:33:07 PM  

ZMugg: That's not being struck by lightning.

THIS is being struck by lightning.


Actually, it's fakery.
 
2014-06-26 04:33:26 PM  

lilbjorn: Nice job USA Today, putting your farking logo in the way of the video.


The video doesnt even work on mobile.
 
2014-06-26 04:33:52 PM  
Or getting super powers
 
2014-06-26 04:35:14 PM  

dj_spanmaster: Goddamn, nearly pissed myself just watching it. That guy should have been buying lottery tickets.


I think you have to have a close call like that about a 250 times in a row to mach the odds of the average lottery "big win" with all the numbers.

The odds of becoming a lightning victim in the U.S. in any one year is 1 in 700,000. The odds of being struck in your lifetime is 1 in 3,000.

The odds of winning the PowerBall Jackpot in DC are 1:175,223,510.

But yeah....I'd probably think it was a sign to play lottery too.  You can't win if you don't play.
 
2014-06-26 04:37:57 PM  

JesseL: A lightning bolt narrowly missed a group of campers in Yellowstone National Park earlier this month-and one member of the group actually caught it on film.

No he didn't.


You also don't dial a telephone number any more, yet we still say that. And when you "rewind" a movie to see an earlier part, you aren't actually winding, re- or otherwise, anything.

Amazing, that.

/so yes
 
2014-06-26 04:38:19 PM  

dryknife: Walker: I'm going to Yellowstone Park next week so I'm really getting a kick out of this ZAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP!

Supervolcano is what you need to worry about.


I was going to mention that, but if it goes off we're all f*cked. I'll just have a quicker death while you'll suffer for years thru a nuclear-like winter.
 
2014-06-26 04:40:33 PM  
I  have been near enough a lightning strike to hear the thunder at the same time as seeing the flash but not near enough to see what it hits. That footage is amazing, I never heard that lightning produced small explosions following the roots of the tree it hit.

Still no believable UFO or cryptid footage.
 
2014-06-26 04:40:53 PM  
Oh, man. Have had a few close calls with lightning climbing and hiking above treeline.

When the air starts humming and ALL your hair is standing on end, jam your fingers in your earholes and hit the deck. Preferably with your pack or another 'insulating' layer between you and the ground.
 
2014-06-26 04:42:06 PM  

ZMugg: That's not being struck by lightning.

THIS is being struck by lightning.


OMG!!!

Stay down....stay down!!!!

i241.photobucket.com
 
2014-06-26 04:43:27 PM  

Mikey1969: Actually, human eyes CAN see it. At least the farking flash itself. I've been close to these, and it's like standing in God's Flashbulb... Not 'In front of', but inside the goddamned thing. What's far cooler is the sound. Microphones never do it justice, but being right there when lightning hits is like the sky is literally being ripped apart... Not a crash or a boom, but really a ripping sound. Every time I read The Talisman by King/Straub, I come across a scene in the book where the sky gets ripped and I know how it sounds.

Flagstaff and the Canyon were great places for lightning... Saw some awesome shiat.


I saw a bolt hit across the highway when I lived in Tampa. I still could see the after image 5 minutes later.

/tampa has sone nasty thunderstorms
 
2014-06-26 04:43:28 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-06-26 04:44:17 PM  
www.wearysloth.com
amateurs
 
2014-06-26 04:44:26 PM  

ZMugg: That's not being struck by lightning.

THIS is being struck by lightning.


From the title, you know the poor guy is going to get hit again...the anticipation builds....i couldn't help but laugh when it arrived.
 
2014-06-26 04:45:12 PM  

Cyclometh: ZMugg: That's not being struck by lightning.

THIS is being struck by lightning.

Actually, it's fakery.


Yeah not enough force involved.
CSB - I came really close to getting struck by lightning once.  I was standing at the edge of a large porch in the mountains during a morning thunderstorm with several others waiting for the weather to clear so we could get on the river.  Just off the porch there was a 30ft flagpole.  Lightning struck that flagpole and knocked three of us down, not sure if it was the concussive force of the thunder or the voltage itself but whichever it was was the most powerful natural force I've ever personally encountered.  Everything was purple for about 5 minutes and the soles of one guy's boots were half melted.  Lightning is strong stuff.
 
2014-06-26 04:47:05 PM  

The hopeless imp: CSB:
I remember when I was a kid hanging out at a friends house because it started raining. We were out on the porch when lightning struck the middle of the street, less than 10 feet away from me. I screamed like a girl.
/No idea why lighting would strike the middle of the street.


It was probably aiming for something near the street. Lightning doesn't always hit the tallest thing around, just close to it.
 
2014-06-26 04:47:36 PM  

TheSwizz: Mikey1969: Actually, human eyes CAN see it. At least the farking flash itself. I've been close to these, and it's like standing in God's Flashbulb... Not 'In front of', but inside the goddamned thing. What's far cooler is the sound. Microphones never do it justice, but being right there when lightning hits is like the sky is literally being ripped apart... Not a crash or a boom, but really a ripping sound. Every time I read The Talisman by King/Straub, I come across a scene in the book where the sky gets ripped and I know how it sounds.


I was within 25 or so yards from a strike.  It was deafening, and took a few seconds for me to register what happened.  I went back inside and kept drinking.


When I was working at the Canyon, the employee dorms were a couple of temp buildings they had hooked together, a one story building with a central hall way and doors at either end. Even when it was cold, the doors were open to keep some air flowing through the place. One afternoon, I was going into my room about halfway down the building when lightning hit right outside the door at the end of the hall. The concussion wave actually kind of lifted me up and 'helped' me enter the room. I got whatever I needed, turned around and walked out. 2 of my fellow employees were sitting on the steps to the cafeteria with their jaws in their laps because after their eyes adjusted from the lightning they had just seen, I came walking out of the spot where it hit. It was funny, kick ass and scary all at the same time. It was a good summer for rain/lightning, I had to fetch some stupid biatch off of one of the lookouts because a storm was rolling in and she was standing there using the counting method to convince herself that the storm was far enough off. We also had a father and son who were hiking one day and watched a deer get nailed in the head with a llightning strike.
 
2014-06-26 04:49:11 PM  

The hopeless imp: CSB:
I remember when I was a kid hanging out at a friends house because it started raining. We were out on the porch when lightning struck the middle of the street, less than 10 feet away from me. I screamed like a girl.
/No idea why lighting would strike the middle of the street.


The lightning in your case was a connection between the positive charge in the ground and the negative charge in the clouds. The charge can transmit through almost anything, even normally non-conductive material, due to the enormous potential. With ultra-high speed photography you can see multiple strikes and the ground charge reach up from the ground to make the connection. You can even be killed 10 miles from the generating cloud mass.
We live near the lightning capitol of the planet and work outside, so we've seen some weird things.
Here's a good start: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightning
 
2014-06-26 04:49:29 PM  

Walker: dryknife: Walker: I'm going to Yellowstone Park next week so I'm really getting a kick out of this ZAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP!

Supervolcano is what you need to worry about.

I was going to mention that, but if it goes off we're all f*cked. I'll just have a quicker death while you'll suffer for years thru a nuclear-like winter.


Then of course there's the "why not both" meme possibility of volcanic lightning:

apod.nasa.gov
 
2014-06-26 04:51:11 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: JesseL: A lightning bolt narrowly missed a group of campers in Yellowstone National Park earlier this month-and one member of the group actually caught it on film.

No he didn't.

You also don't dial a telephone number any more, yet we still say that. And when you "rewind" a movie to see an earlier part, you aren't actually winding, re- or otherwise, anything.

Amazing, that.

/so yes


You can't say he "got it on tape" either, I've been waiting to see what the new term will be... 'Recorded' is the only one I can think of, but since that's an older term, people already don't use it.
 
2014-06-26 04:52:42 PM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: Oh, man. Have had a few close calls with lightning climbing and hiking above treeline.

When the air starts humming and ALL your hair is standing on end, jam your fingers in your earholes and hit the deck. Preferably with your pack or another 'insulating' layer between you and the ground.


Given the lightning tends to exit from the fingers and toes, wouldn't it be safer not to direct it to your earholes by sticking your fingers in your ears?
 
2014-06-26 04:53:34 PM  

Igor Jakovsky: Mikey1969: Actually, human eyes CAN see it. At least the farking flash itself. I've been close to these, and it's like standing in God's Flashbulb... Not 'In front of', but inside the goddamned thing. What's far cooler is the sound. Microphones never do it justice, but being right there when lightning hits is like the sky is literally being ripped apart... Not a crash or a boom, but really a ripping sound. Every time I read The Talisman by King/Straub, I come across a scene in the book where the sky gets ripped and I know how it sounds.

Flagstaff and the Canyon were great places for lightning... Saw some awesome shiat.

I saw a bolt hit across the highway when I lived in Tampa. I still could see the after image 5 minutes later.

/tampa has sone nasty thunderstorms


Lightning inside a whiteout snow storm is pretty badass, too. Only saw that one once. That's the shiat that REALLY fries into your retinas.
 
2014-06-26 04:55:07 PM  
I didn't see shiat but ads, bullshiat, and a crawl that took up a third of the video screen.

Eff you backpacker monthly, or whatever in the hell you are called.
 
2014-06-26 04:55:15 PM  

Igor Jakovsky: Mikey1969:
I saw a bolt hit across the highway when I lived in Tampa. I still could see the after image 5 minutes later.

/tampa has sone nasty thunderstorms


It's at the western end of a line through Orlando which is the most active strike zone in the world.
 
2014-06-26 04:55:54 PM  

FitzShivering: Ow! That was my feelings!: Oh, man. Have had a few close calls with lightning climbing and hiking above treeline.

When the air starts humming and ALL your hair is standing on end, jam your fingers in your earholes and hit the deck. Preferably with your pack or another 'insulating' layer between you and the ground.

Given the lightning tends to exit from the fingers and toes, wouldn't it be safer not to direct it to your earholes by sticking your fingers in your ears?


Never heard that, but attempting to avoid the strike altogether and protecting my ear drums take priority.
 
2014-06-26 04:56:45 PM  

FitzShivering: Ow! That was my feelings!: Given the lightning tends to exit from the fingers and toes, wouldn't it be safer not to direct it to your earholes by sticking your fingers in your ears?


I've heard bending over and kissing your ass goodbye helps.
 
2014-06-26 04:57:13 PM  

TheSwizz: I was within 25 or so yards from a strike.  It was deafening, and took a few seconds for me to register what happened.


Once drove by a tree that got hit right as I was driving by. Once I was in a car that got hit. fark I hope I never have to go through that again.
 
2014-06-26 04:58:11 PM  

sufferpuppet: amateurs


Great. Now I want a 96 ounce steak.
 
2014-06-26 04:58:32 PM  

Mikey1969: Igor Jakovsky: Mikey1969: Actually, human eyes CAN see it. At least the farking flash itself. I've been close to these, and it's like standing in God's Flashbulb... Not 'In front of', but inside the goddamned thing. What's far cooler is the sound. Microphones never do it justice, but being right there when lightning hits is like the sky is literally being ripped apart... Not a crash or a boom, but really a ripping sound. Every time I read The Talisman by King/Straub, I come across a scene in the book where the sky gets ripped and I know how it sounds.

Flagstaff and the Canyon were great places for lightning... Saw some awesome shiat.

I saw a bolt hit across the highway when I lived in Tampa. I still could see the after image 5 minutes later.

/tampa has sone nasty thunderstorms

Lightning inside a whiteout snow storm is pretty badass, too. Only saw that one once. That's the shiat that REALLY fries into your retinas.


The coolest thing I ever saw lightning-wise was when leaving a movie one night.  I'm sure someone here will know what it's called, but I never found a name for it.  If you imagined placing a spider web over the sky, where the lightning hit one side and then slowly rippled across it, lightning up in a branch pattern along the way, that would be about it.  The entire sky crackled, and it took about 3 - 4 seconds to go across the whole sky.   Just this sort of shattered mosaic look to it.  We always called it spider lightning ever since -- 4 of us saw it, so we were all sure we weren't crazy.
 
2014-06-26 04:59:48 PM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: Oh, man. Have had a few close calls with lightning climbing and hiking above treeline.

When the air starts humming and ALL your hair is standing on end, jam your fingers in your earholes and hit the deck. Preferably with your pack or another 'insulating' layer between you and the ground.


Ozone. Don't forget that you will smell ozone, too.
 
2014-06-26 05:01:36 PM  

FitzShivering: Mikey1969: Igor Jakovsky: Mikey1969: Actually, human eyes CAN see it. At least the farking flash itself. I've been close to these, and it's like standing in God's Flashbulb... Not 'In front of', but inside the goddamned thing. What's far cooler is the sound. Microphones never do it justice, but being right there when lightning hits is like the sky is literally being ripped apart... Not a crash or a boom, but really a ripping sound. Every time I read The Talisman by King/Straub, I come across a scene in the book where the sky gets ripped and I know how it sounds.

Flagstaff and the Canyon were great places for lightning... Saw some awesome shiat.

I saw a bolt hit across the highway when I lived in Tampa. I still could see the after image 5 minutes later.

/tampa has sone nasty thunderstorms

Lightning inside a whiteout snow storm is pretty badass, too. Only saw that one once. That's the shiat that REALLY fries into your retinas.

The coolest thing I ever saw lightning-wise was when leaving a movie one night.  I'm sure someone here will know what it's called, but I never found a name for it. If you imagined placing a spider web over the sky, where the lightning hit one side and then slowly rippled across it, lightning up in a branch pattern along the way, that would be about it.  The entire sky crackled, and it took about 3 - 4 seconds to go across the whole sky.   Just this sort of shattered mosaic look to it.  We always called it spider lightning ever since -- 4 of us saw it, so we were all sure we weren't crazy.


I think it's called "tripping balls"... Seriously, that would be awesome to see, and it's always nice when you have someone to back you up. Maybe I'll catch something llike that one day.
 
2014-06-26 05:02:11 PM  

FitzShivering: Mikey1969: Igor Jakovsky: Mikey1969: Actually, human eyes CAN see it. At least the farking flash itself. I've been close to these, and it's like standing in God's Flashbulb... Not 'In front of', but inside the goddamned thing. What's far cooler is the sound. Microphones never do it justice, but being right there when lightning hits is like the sky is literally being ripped apart... Not a crash or a boom, but really a ripping sound. Every time I read The Talisman by King/Straub, I come across a scene in the book where the sky gets ripped and I know how it sounds.

Flagstaff and the Canyon were great places for lightning... Saw some awesome shiat.

I saw a bolt hit across the highway when I lived in Tampa. I still could see the after image 5 minutes later.

/tampa has sone nasty thunderstorms

Lightning inside a whiteout snow storm is pretty badass, too. Only saw that one once. That's the shiat that REALLY fries into your retinas.

The coolest thing I ever saw lightning-wise was when leaving a movie one night.  I'm sure someone here will know what it's called, but I never found a name for it.  If you imagined placing a spider web over the sky, where the lightning hit one side and then slowly rippled across it, lightning up in a branch pattern along the way, that would be about it.  The entire sky crackled, and it took about 3 - 4 seconds to go across the whole sky.   Just this sort of shattered mosaic look to it.  We always called it spider lightning ever since -- 4 of us saw it, so we were all sure we weren't crazy.


Huh, I just googled it and spider lightning returned the what it was.   Guess I ought to Google things I couldn't find the name of ten years ago from now on.  :/
 
2014-06-26 05:04:17 PM  

dj_spanmaster: Goddamn, nearly pissed myself just watching it. That guy should have been buying lottery tickets.


why?  seems to be he done just used up about all the luck he's ever gonna get.
 
2014-06-26 05:06:02 PM  
Mikey, watch this, but imagine way less clouds, across the whole sky, and slower.  For the Louisville folks over here, this was over Stonybrook Theatre -- hundreds of people stopped and kept watching.  It just happened over and over.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5CzaVctGWg
 
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