If you’re ever in Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, keep an eye out for the ugliest bison alive. That’s not an insult. Taking a direct hit from a lightning bolt and staying alive is something to be proud of.
Lightning is beautiful and sprites delightful, but pulsating blue jets are even more fascinating when zapping out the top of an epic storm. Astronaut Andreas Mogensen captured the first-ever video of blue jets as seen from the International Space Station.
Even as a little kid who wanted lightning to strike me so I could get superpowers, I’ve always loved seeing the electric bolts get speared down from the clouds. Seeing lightning was always cool, it was the lagging and crackling thunder that was the scary part of any storm. That’s why this video of slow motion…
Calbuco, a stratovolcano in southern Chile, began erupting yesterday at 7pm local time. First spewing massive ash clouds then, at 10pm, erupting explosively as its fragile structure collapsed inwards. Here’s all the stunning imagery and video; we’ll keep it updated as this develops. You can see it from space!
Predicting where lightning will strike may be pretty tricky, but what about where lightning will flash?
Some big cities, particularly those located in hot and humid environments, actually spawn more thunderstorms than surrounding rural areas.
This lightning storm is an eerie, glowing spider in a web of clouds when seen from above. Video footage of this unusual perspective was captured from the International Space Station using a specialized camera to minimize motion blur.
When the International Space Station passed over Houston on a stormy night last week, astronaut Reid Wiseman captured a video of the lighting flashing beneath the clouds.
A small German group called Blitzortung has developed a crowd-sourced map that shows real-time lightning strikes around the world.
Via the US National Weather Service comes this staggering footage of a lightning bolt making matchsticks of a tree in Upstate New York.
What would you see if you were stuck by lightning? Storm chaser Scott Sheppard captured this first-person video while he took a lightning bolt to the arm, so we can watch the experience without any of the pain.
What causes thunderstorms? Previous research showed that one cause is cosmic rays from space, generated by supernovas. But a new paper shows that something much closer and powerful is also responsible: solar wind from our own Sun.
Each year, roughly 240,000 are struck by lightning and survive. How do you increase your odds? This illustration can help.
It's called the Firestation, and it's designed, in part, to study what comes out of the top of thunderstorms. Mika McKinnon has the details below.
A massive bolt of lightning just struck the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa — and a photographer was there to catch it the precise moment when it all happened.
Photographer Rolf Maeder recently traveled to the Grand Canyon in hopes of taking some pictures of the sunset, but an incoming lightning storm required a change of plans. This astonishing photo of multiple lightning bolts and brilliantly illuminated canyon sky is the result.
This is what a lightning rod looks like after it's done its duty. Why does a lightning bolt crush it like a fist crushes a beer can? Because of what's known as a "pinch."