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07 August 2008

Way cool!
posted by mrmoonpie 07 August | 10:14
Really, really cool that is.
posted by Melismata 07 August | 10:20
Another vote for cool here.
posted by Hellbient 07 August | 10:39
woah. nice dynamics, it really shows how it follows all sorts of funky paths until it establishes a 'lead', then BAM!
posted by lonefrontranger 07 August | 10:55
I imagine those leaders shouting "Last one to Earth is a rotten egg!" and then looking over their shoulders at the one hitting the ground and thinking Oh, if it weren't for this damn interference, all the glory would be mine! as they're zapped into the return stroke.

Damn, I even anthropomorphize electricity!
posted by Hugh Janus 07 August | 11:04
here ya go interrobang.
posted by lonefrontranger 07 August | 11:04
Wow, looks like it took a lot of juice to keep that arc alive like that. What's the deal with the structure falling away, is that supposed to happen?
posted by Hugh Janus 07 August | 11:10
So exactly what i needed, thanks.
More ignition, please.
posted by ethylene 07 August | 14:31
eth, your wish is my command:

gigantic jets and sprites, plus what a uuuge thunderstorm looks like from the space shuttle (with bonus: astronaut chatter!)

goofy techno clip of auroras with SCIENCE! content.

last but not least, some nerd with a whopping huge Tesla coil.
posted by lonefrontranger 07 August | 16:43
oooh AND!

pole fire!! (or mebbe just a toasty tree branch)
posted by lonefrontranger 07 August | 16:47
oh and Hugh, a little more research discovers that that was a 50kV switch in operation. Apparently that's called a 'jacob's ladder' and it's (I guess) normal. Note the engineer casually walking away in the lower left as they pan out.
posted by lonefrontranger 07 August | 17:04
All of these are so cool!!
posted by redvixen 07 August | 18:05

LFR! I saw something like that (substation arcing) during a hurricane in Disney once! It was miles away but the noise was INCREDIBLE and you could hear it over the 100mph winds. Amazing, realy. Lit up the sky.
posted by CitrusFreak12 07 August | 18:45
CitrusFreak!! An engineer friend I sent this link via IM confirmed that this is a normal arc during switching. The switchgear are apparently designed to "take it" so he says. And there's no way to completely drain the load (yanno, people want their lights to stay on and stuff). Wicked!

and yes, it's loud as hell, he confirmed that as well.
posted by lonefrontranger 07 August | 23:12
here ya go interrobang.

WOW. Wow.
posted by interrobang 08 August | 16:22
Totally awesome interrobang. Thanks for the eye candy. Man, I *love* lightning and that is extra beautiful.

Can't help wondering why that dendritic shape is so common in nature, trees, nerves, brain cells, lightning.

And lonefrontranger, that electric arc gave me goosebumps. Fun!
posted by nickyskye 08 August | 21:36
A plain white box truck has been "parked" (stored) || Android (1982)