Upward Lightning Above Nicosia, Cyprus

May 14, 2019

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May 2019 Viewer's ChoicePhotographer: Stefanos Mistrellides
Summary Author: Stefanos Mistrellides 

Shown above is an odd-looking photo of cloud-to-ground lightning as observed from Nicosia, Cyprus, on April 19, 2019. It appears different because the leader is ascending rather than descending. Upward lightning is typically reported when there’s a positive cloud-to-ground flash close-by. As a result of the change in the electric field by a preceding flash, an ascending positive leader is initiated from tall objects, such as a tower, which is what was observed in this instance

Photo Details: Camera: Canon EOS 80D; Software: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 (Windows); Exposure Time: 25.000s; Aperture: ƒ/6.3; ISO equivalent: 100; Focal Length: 41.0mm; Lens: EF-S17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM.