Arizona Lightning, wow!

Art Thomason describes a ‘Bizarre’ lightning strike to be studied in The Arizona Republic (05ag11)

A top National Weather Service expert in Phoenix will investigate a powerful lightning strike that “sounded like dynamite exploding,” damaging 13 homes in central Mesa on Tuesday afternoon.

“This is beyond the norm,” meteorologist David Runyan said. “It’s bizarre. It intrigues us. We will seek some means to understand it a little more.”

This strike blew underground TV and electrical lines to such an extent that dirt was “erupted through the soil and spewed dirt and debris like volcanic ash against homes, trees and parked vehicles. Areas around brass doorknobs and locks were scorched.”

The cat was hiding under the bed and the vet says its OK, though.

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