Web Cam Lightning Strike

November 08, 2004


Provided and copyright by: Max Tohline, University of Missouri-Rolla
Summary authors & editors: Max Tohline

The photo above was captured by a web cam on June 8, 2004 in Rolla, Missouri. It's believed that approximately 8 million lightning bolts strike the Earth every day. A tiny percentage of those strikes are recorded on film, and many of the photographed strikes were captured through small apertures over long exposure times. It's difficult at best to catch a lightning strike using a camera with an exposure time under one second. That said, the possibly unique photograph above was taken with the Havener Center WebCam located atop McNutt Hall on the campus of the University of Missouri-Rolla. The WebCam is tracking the construction progress of the Havener Center, which is located at lower left.

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