Close call with a rare positive lightning strike in Florida

Close call with a rare positive lightning strike in Florida

A Florida woman looked out her window at just the right time, capturing the moment when so-called continuous current, or positive lightning, struck right outside her apartment. The event happened in Coral Gables on May 5, 2019.

After seeing the video, NWS Miami meteorologists identified the phenomenon as so-called continuous current, also known as positive lightning. These strikes originate in the upper reaches of a cloud's anvil and make up less than 5% of all strikes.

The following video also shows several other very close lightning strike moments captured over the past couple of days in the United States

Featured image credit: Fobos Planet


Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Tonga

November 12, 2019

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Tonga at 23:03 UTC on November 11, 2019, at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting it as M5.9 The epicenter was located 147 km (91 miles) W of Neiafu and 251 km (156 miles) N of Nuku'alofa, Tonga....

Unusually strong M5.4 earthquake hits France, injuring 4 peeople

November 11, 2019

A shallow earthquake registered by the BCSF as M5.4 hit near Montelimar, France at 10:52 UTC (11:52 LT) on November 11, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 12 km (7.4 miles). USGS registered it as M4.8, EMSC as M4.9. The epicenter was located 5.1 km (3.2 miles)...

Very deep M6.5 earthquake hits south of Fiji islands

November 08, 2019

A very deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit south of Fiji islands at 10:44 UTC on November 8, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 582.9 km (366 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located 451 km (280 miles)...

Shallow M6.3 earthquake hits east of the South Sandwich Islands

November 05, 2019

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit east of the South Sandwich Islands at 20:52 UTC on November 5, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The quake comes 3 days after M6.1 earthquake 106 km (66 miles) NNE of...

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Tonga

November 04, 2019

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.6 hit Tonga at 22:43 UTC on November 4, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 13.4 km (8.3 miles). The quake hit 53 minutes after M6.1 (CSN; M6.0 USGS) near the coast of Coquimbo, Chile. It was followed...


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