Rare Lightning

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Rare photograph of 'ribbon' lightning, multiple return strokes (M) and a single lightning strokes (L&R).  Lightning does strike the same place twice!  Photograph shows return strokes as the cloud, acting like a giant electrical capacitor, discharges its collected electrical energy down the same ionized channel. When an observer sees a lightning bolt 'flicker' it is a series of return strokes.  Return strokes also create 'ribbon'  or 'flicker' lightning if there are severe winds to move the lightning channel sidewise.  Original photography taken on 35mm Kodachrome film ISO 64 with a Canon T-90 and SSC 200mm f/2.8 lens @ f/8, time exposure.  Film digitized by Kent Wood on Epson 4870 scanner.
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