Ground-to-Ground Lightning

July 11, 2006

R10

Provided by: Vincent Jacques
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster; Vincent Jacques

The above photo showing a bizarre arc of lightning was captured near in southeastern France, near Menton, on May 10, 2006. Since the ground is charged opposite that of a cloud base, and will not discharge to itself, it's likely that this picture is showing two cloud-to-ground strokes. Perpsective makes it appear as though a single lightning bolt is arching above the hill top.

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