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PostSun Sep 08, 2019 7:02 am 
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Lightning ongoing for three hours with cloud to cloud lightning continuous for extended periods. It was the first time I've ever felt some risk at home as lightning can come through glass apparently. At it's most intense, lying on the couch, I felt static build-up with occasional odd pains in wrists, fingers and jaw. Then there would be a big overhead discharge.

I had found similar effects (joint pains, stiff neck, muscle cramping, etc. on two occasions while tented under an intense storm in the mountains on two separate occasions, including last summer near Glacier Peak.
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PostSun Sep 08, 2019 7:44 am 
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I felt the same way, not entirely safe in my home.  The PCT hikers must have had a rough night!
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PostSun Sep 08, 2019 8:10 am 
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I was feeling bad for the PCT hikers and anyone else up in the mountains during those hours.
We drove from a party in Enumclaw home to Sultan during the storm and the lightening show was stunning the whole way. Some sections of the roadway had so much water on them, it was like driving through a lake.
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PostSun Sep 08, 2019 10:34 am 
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Yes, impressive even by Midwest standards. I don't ever recall seeing bolts move among the clouds like that.
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PostSun Sep 08, 2019 3:35 pm 
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Periodically I have flown from N Carolina to Seattle at night and during the summer I have seen lightning storms, some with cloud to cloud lightning at high altitude, I would guess in the 25,000 to 35,000 ft elevation.  The cloud to cloud lightning was below the plane. On a flight from LA to Seattle, on the approach to SeaTac at about Federal Way, the Alaska Airlines plane was struck by lightning (loud boom and white flash).
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PostSun Sep 08, 2019 10:40 pm 
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JVesquire wrote:
Yes, impressive even by Midwest standards. I don't ever recall seeing bolts move among the clouds like that.

growing up in WI, we would get these kinds of storms a dozen times a summer.

since it's been 15 years, i don't recall the brightness intensity from 15+ years ago, but i don't think the overall storm was much comparatively.

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PostMon Sep 09, 2019 7:26 am 
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It was a stunning evening, and a shame that I was only watching from suburbia. I enjoyed every moment, and am very sad that I am unlikely to witness strikes of such frequency again (if I stick around WA anyways)
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PostMon Sep 09, 2019 9:25 am 
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Doppelganger wrote:
and a shame that I was only watching from suburbia

I was camping out that night with my kiddo at a little campsite off the trail to Guye Peak (very close to a lakelet about 300 feet from the summit). We were prepared for rain, but not for lightning. Sunset was spectacular and the flashes were even more so. Luckily no strikes came close. But I think that it is an experience he'll remember for a while. To his credit, he didn't panic, though I know that he was pretty scared - as was I.
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PostMon Sep 09, 2019 10:30 pm 
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folks may remember that we had a similar storm, though not quite as intense or long-lived back in August '13.  It also happened quite a bit later at night, so probably a lot of people were in bed.

I was off work due to injury and as I'm a night owl by nature I was awake and around midnight when the storm was really going good I decided to head down to the boat launch on Harbor Avenue and scored the picture below.

Wish I'd been able to get out and take some pics in this most recent storm.

August 10, 2013:


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PostTue Sep 10, 2019 8:51 am 
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That is a solid lightning shot.  Nice grab!  I've taken 10s of thousands of lightning photos over many years in much more active locations in order to get just a few solid pics.
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PostTue Sep 10, 2019 8:52 am 
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And ive reviewed many more from others, and that is top quality!  Frame that!
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PostTue Sep 10, 2019 10:05 pm 
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That pic is lookin' like one of them old Sonics posters with shawn kemp the REIGN MAN flyin' in thru the lightning for a big powerful rim bendin' dunk

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PostWed Sep 11, 2019 11:49 am 
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thunderhead wrote:
And ive reviewed many more from others, and that is top quality!  Frame that!

Thank you, and done.

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