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08-01-04 Storm Report:               
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Thunderstorm pictures taken in the Cooloola Region :

On Thursday evening (08-01-04) there was a thunderstorm to the North of Gympie that moved East across the Goomboorian area. During the height of the storm a woman was struck by lightning while she was in the process of opening the steel gate of a child minding center in Goomboorian. She was taken to Gympie General Hospital  overnight for observation.
As it was not dark enough to capture any still lightning shots I recorded some of the storm footage in video mode on my camera. The resolution is not brilliant and the auto-focus drops in and out but I have managed to record something quite unusual. The frame rate of the captured video is 15 fps, clearly just before the main CG strike on frame 75 there is a red ground flash on the hill to the front of me in frame 73.

Still frame of ground flash
 

Here is the video sequence of the 7 frames captured, cropped and slowed down as a GIF file. (The file size is 331K so it might take a little time to load on your computer) 

Frame sequence

 If anyone has any ideas of what phenomenon occurred to produce a ground flash just prior to the intense CG Lightning I would love to hear their input... Ted Uebergang

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