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PASSING THUNDERSTORM 0002

 

Date: 22-04-1998    Time: 21:15 BST
Location:
Macclesfield, Cheshire UK
Storm Stage: Developing
Path / Movement:
~ 20-30 miles East behind Pennines / NNE
Footage Quality:
No footage kept


This was a highly active storm cell passing up the eastern side of the Pennines and was spotted directly east of Macclesfield. Because it was dark you could see the distant continuous flickering with the naked eye (often referred to as “Heat Lightning”). I made an attempt to capture it with the camera but it didn’t show up very well as it was too faint. Only one brighter flash was caught but even that wasn’t impressive. The discharge rates were so high it sometimes flickered every 5 seconds. It was coupled with another cell to the NE which discharged about once every 2 minutes, however every time it did the high-powered cell to the east flickered in return, so it looked like they were communicating with each other.

There was obviously no thunder as it was so far away. If I wasn’t as impressed as I was with the discharge rates, especially given the time of year, I wouldn’t have put this storm in the archives. It was worth noting in case someone else remembers experiencing it that lives on the other side of the Pennines.

DUNDEE SATELLITE IMAGES (CREDITS)
COLOUR 22.04.1998 17:39 + GRID

COLOUR 22.04.1998 17:39
INFRARED 22.04.1998 17:39 + GRID
INFRARED 22.04.1998 17:39
INFRARED 23.04.1998 03:10 + GRID

INFRARED 23.04.1998 03:10
VISIBLE 22.04.1998 17:39 + GRID

VISIBLE 22.04.1998 17:39

 


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