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Cat's Eye Lightning

Uploaded by: hq236

Sunday April 14, 2013

Broussard, LA (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: My son made the observation that it looked like a cat's eye. This was one of the 10,000 cloud to ground bolts the news reported to have hit in an hour! About 95% were a little to far west of me and hidden by the rain and clouds for me to see, but I could see and hear the effects of 10,000 bolts!

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16. hq236
4:29 AM GMT on April 16, 2013
Thank you to all who have voted and commented. Just remember...don't try this at home, kids! You have to have a screw or two missing to go out in lightning infested weather, seek shelter in a metal building and photograph lightning!! Not what you would call safe, but the reward was nice!!
Thanks again!!!
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15. nanapoo
10:52 PM GMT on April 15, 2013
Fantastic image!!! And, it does look like a cat's eye! AC Congrats!
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14. algoressister
2:59 PM GMT on April 15, 2013
Great capture!
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13. docshovel39
1:15 PM GMT on April 15, 2013
EXCELLENT shot and series ! Congratsn on the VIP selection - 10+
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12. pegpics
11:59 AM GMT on April 15, 2013
Terrific capture!!!...you scare me, but also remind me that every day has its own chances, so just enjoy what is!
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11. hq236
6:31 AM GMT on April 15, 2013
Thanks to everyone for the comments. Yes, it was an exilirating 2 hours or so. I've lived in LA all my life and don't ever remember seeing this much cloud to ground lightning. Naturally, my only shelter from the torrential rain and lightning was a gutted METAL building under construction. Not the safest choice I've ever made, but all 10,000 bolts managed to miss my one tiny spot. Thanks again!
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10. appier
5:09 AM GMT on April 15, 2013
Wow! Thank you for sharing with us!
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9. DavidInSATX
4:37 AM GMT on April 15, 2013
Awesome shot and series! 10
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8. gardner48197
4:17 AM GMT on April 15, 2013
Sweet series, congrats on the VIP!!
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7. gusbuster
2:40 AM GMT on April 15, 2013
Beautiful shot, love the cat's wink. Sweet
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6. BEME
2:35 AM GMT on April 15, 2013
Whoa Nelly!! How exciting,and scary too!!! Amazing news!!! Have not had any t-storms to speak of yet,,although,this IS that time of year for Iowa/Neb. Nothing normal anymore weather-wise...Keep up the crazy shots!:) Thanks for sharing!
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5. ruralartist
2:34 AM GMT on April 15, 2013
Whoa!! What a shot! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. Into my favs.
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4. Bugmon
2:00 AM GMT on April 15, 2013
Lovely shot!
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3. YouKnowWho
1:32 AM GMT on April 15, 2013
Fantastic! Wow!
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2. springsun
12:40 AM GMT on April 15, 2013
Stunning, great series
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1. llpj04
12:38 AM GMT on April 15, 2013
Glad you caught this. I didn't want to get out in it and there are too many trees for me too.
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