Friday night lights

An intense electrical storm blew across Central Virginia Friday night, bringing a nonstop stream of lightning flashes.  Attribute it in large part to the sizzling atmospheric conditions over the area yesterday… not so much the heat (it was only moderately hot), but the combination of that with very high humidity and an approaching front.

As I was driving home from work last night, I was struck by this awesome display of Nature’s fireworks. It appeared that most of the lightning was within the clouds, either cloud-to cloud or intracloud (within the same cloud)  lightning.  This is actually how the majority of lightning occurs in most storms, regardless of their strength.  But the intensity of last night’s was certainly a sight.

Posted by Jim Duncan


9 Responses to Friday night lights

  1. Brian says:

    PS – Catchy blog title Jim – nice!

  2. Brian says:

    Richmond missed it again (for the most part)…The first set looked to do the infamous “Richmond split”. However the storms that came later from fred area south rapidly intensified and converged with the storms to the west. But by the time they got to Richmond city they had decipated to the point that we just got a regular storm. It never fails…the stronger storms either split and go north of richmond and south…or the they die off before they reach us.

  3. janet says:

    we enjoyed the thunder and lightning my grand daughter was afraid at first but then i got her to listen to the thunder and wait for the lightning and she went on back to sleep.

  4. Elaine says:

    We were camping up near Stauton and saw lightning far off in the distance all night but thankfully, no storm ever came. We had a beautiful day yesterday!

  5. Jeff J says:

    Figured you might like this Joyce.

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    • Joyce says:

      Jeff, I sure did love thundering sounds of this storm.
      Call me crazy.. but nothing is more thrilling yet at the same time soothing (fi that makes sense) than a thunderstorm as we here in Petersburg experienced last early Friday morning.

  6. Joyce says:

    Ahhh now last night’s thuderstorm was one I had been waiting for. It was custom made to my tastes.
    12.05 am it began with loud distant thunder that boomed,and shook my house. For almost a half an hour pure music boomed and terrified my little dog.
    With the spectular lightning, the thunder and then the wind and rain, I was in heaven for almost two hours. Poor doggy… he just could not get comforted.
    As for me… I drifted right off to sleep in what may have been my custom ordered VA thunderstorm.

  7. Shawn says:

    I was camping with Boy Scouts in Goochland. We got transferred inside around 9:00, expecting a storm that we never got. Around 11:30 that night we got hit by the bigger storm. We were in our tents at that time. The wind was the main factor. There was lightning for around an hour before the storm actually hit.

  8. Jeff J says:

    Thanks Jim! It was indeed a loud and bright display and your post explains why I didn’t lose power.

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