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THUNDERSTORM 0062

 

Date: 06-07-2006
Time: 04:46 BST
Location:
Macclesfield, Cheshire UK
Type: Convergence Zone Multicell
Documented by: Mark Seltzer
Equipment: Samsung VP-H65 Video Camera
Footage Quality:
VHS

Storm Statistics: T0062.doc
Event Timeline: T0062events.xls

This storm caught me by surprise (as it would anyone at 4am). However I was already up and moving about before the first discharge of the storm. I observed it was quite misty outside with humidity and the rain was falling moderately. I looked on the Met Office radar online and saw development, but I it failed to impress me as it looked like a light shower. So I went back to bed. But before I could get to sleep I saw a flash through the skin of my eyelids. I thought I was seeing things until a fairly hefty shockwave of thunder buffeted the windows. Then literally seconds after that another discharge (in which I just caught the thunder on film), then another one 30 seconds later, and then nothing for 6 minutes. So a short spurt of activity it was.

The cell continued slow development to what seemed like an in-situ convergence zone pulsating slowly southwards. It gave a few other C-C discharges before falling completely silent.

My camera was suffering at this time as it was showing its age at 10 years old and 60-odd thunderstorms later! The contrast and brightness went all dark and a couple of the discharges weren’t very well documented. This disappointment had triggered the purchase of a second hand Canon XM2, which is a semi-pro digital video camera with excellent image quality. We should see it in action in the foreseeable future.


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EUROPE 24-hour LIGHTNING SPHERIC LOCATION

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DUNDEE SATELLITE IMAGES (CREDITS)
INFRARED 06.07.2006 02:15

INFRARED 06.07.2006 02:15 + GRID

 


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