July 2 – The severe storms that erupted on Friday July 1 over Maryland overshot expectations for a vivid light show. While there was intense rain, some hail and even local flooding, the electricity was the headliner. This view of the in cloud lightning glow over the Nation’s Capitol Building was a grey capture from Nicholas West. Lightning struck the Maryland State Capital in Annapolis, and that storm slowed down as it traveled down the Chesapeake Bay. More on that below, but I had to show you this close call first.
Lightning Strike Video in Slow Motion
Shari Granger was driving heading south on Rt 301 near Marlton MD. Her daughter captured this lightning strike and slowed it down to show how vivd it was.
Note: Lightning bolts can be 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun, last less than a second, and are about as wide as a fist.