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Exactly why you should not stand under a tree in the rain. Wow - the lightning strike follows all the way along the roots... we've had a lot of lightning here in Houston the past two weeks. Glad I wasn't hanging out under that tree at the bus stop.

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Huge lightning bolt strikes Statue of Liberty...and someone captures it on camera

Jay Fine captured as lightning strikes the Statue of Liberty in New York harbour

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Lunar Halos, Septuple Rainbows and Iridescent Meat: Incredible Optics Photos

this image, taken during a thunderstorm over Paris during a lunar halo, the forking lightning bolt heats surrounding air to between 36,000 and 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit, breaking apart air molecules into ionized plasma. The bright lines of the spectra reveals the presence of nitrogen and hydrogen in our atmosphere.