Date: Thursday 6th July 2006
Time: 04:46 BST
Macclesfield, Cheshire UK
Path: Overhead, travelling SSW

Destabilisation of the west-edge of a weak continental plume
Duration: 45 minutes
Type: Mid-level multicell
Average lightning type: C-C
Average discharge rate: 180 seconds from start of filming (more frequent before then)
Footage Quality:
VHS / Hi-8


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, for some reason, perhaps the rain woke me. I observed it was quite misty outside with humidity and the rain was falling moderately. I looked on the radar online and saw development, but it failed to impress me as it looked like a moderate 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 camera shortly after scrambling to set it up), 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 mechanical Hi-8 video camera was suffering at this time as it was showing its age at 10 years old and 60+ 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 semi-pro mini-DV Canon XM2 for my future ventures.

INFRARED 06.07.2006 02:15

INFRARED 06.07.2006 02:15 + GRID


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