One of many people’s worst fears when they are driving down the highway in a torrential rain storm is the constantly looming thought: what happens if we get struck by lightening?
It may seem like a perfectly practical fear, however it scientifically does not make much sense, because a car is one of the safest places you can be during a lightening storm due to the fact that your tires help ground you to get rid of any extra current.
Lightening has always been the fascination of many people as one of the most ephemeral and powerful forces our planet can give off, but up close it is a whole new ballgame.
Lightening strikes are amazing and powerful. Each one has an average temperature of about 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and lasts about 1 or 2 microseconds. That’s such a small amount of time that it is hard to envision it even existing!
Lightening is caused by static electricity typically during a storm when there is an unbalanced electrical charge in the clouds and the ground or another part of the storm cloud.
It may seem improbable, but thousands of people are struck by lightening every single year. In fact, you have more chance of being struck by lightening than getting attacked by a shark! One person got what might be some of the most fascinating footage of a lightening strike up close off of Daytona beach, and the power that you can see in the strike is absolutely mesmerizing.
Clint Blevins captured the slow motion video of lightening that is only a few hundreds yard away, if that, during a storm. The lightening was striking the water, so there was no damage in the video, but it is absolutely mesmerizing to watch the way the utter power of the strike streaks through the air.
The video goes on for about 10 seconds, then suddenly there is a a big flash, and a big bright flash takes over the sky as the electricity bolts down to the water, and whitewashes the video. Then, you can see the bolt slowly fading away, or rather the after glow start to fade and then there is nothing left but the stormy ocean that you saw beforehand.
There is also one additional lightening strike before the big up close one, but it doesn’t even compare to the up close power that you can see with the second strike. The most interesting part about the strike is the fact that there appears to be some type of embers or sparks in the sky that take some time to fade away after the bolt had landed, which gave it almost like a ghosting effect, increasing the magic of that moment.
Naturally, there are some commenters calling out the video for being fake, but many people who have seen up close strikes strongly confirm that it is real and love the video. If you want to see it for yourself, then check it out below and let us know what you thought of the strike down in the comments!