Cloud to Cloud Lightning Storm 07.28.09

Bo Insogna

Longmont, United States

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Tuesday July 28th 2009. Stormy clouds in the afternoon air. Will this be the day? Left the house a little after 8:00pm. Went to my spot my the lake. For the first time it started hitting just south of Mt Meeker in the foothills. Thought this could be the day I get the shot I have been working on.

This is my 2nd year trying to get my dream shot. Trying to get the twin peaks with some great Lightning action. So I took off for one of my other spots closest the the peaks. Hoping it would go north but it went out east. It sem to always be behind a ridge or would ot come out of th clouds. So I did a loop to 36 and then down nelson road to another shot. First I shot south east.

Then went further down but it was not hitting in the right place. So I headed south on 59th ave hoping for an image I have in my mind for a great shot by Boulder Res. But not such luck. Shot for a little while but it was all in the clouds and just over the ridge. I only sow bolts hit the ground a few times.

Cloud-to-cloud lightning is the most common of lightning. This form lights up the sky and the clouds. If you do not see the bolt of lightning but it illuminates the cloud this is called in-cloud. Lightning usually goes from the negatively charged base to the positively charge top of a cloud. In less occasions, the lightning strike will go from the top of one cloud to the bottom of a nearby cloud. This type of lightning can be seen for over great distances because it is at much higher altitudes.

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