Double Lightning Bolts Slam 600 Million Volts into Illinois Lines
This was quite a shock - literally. A new video share from Friday's severe storms that blew through the Midwest shows double lightning bolts slamming 600 million volts into Illinois power lines.
Dash cam and high-speed camera footage of a double lightning strike to high-voltage power lines near Lively Grove, Illinois on March 31, 2023. One bolt connects to the grounded shield wire that protects the live wires, the second connects to a pylon tower. Unconnected upward leaders are visible adjacent to the main channels. Filmed with a Chronos 1.4 camera set to record at 10,034 frames per second.
Watch Dan's incredible super-slow-motion video capture of this display of nature's fury. It's lightning at over 10,000 frames-per-second.
How do I know this was 600 million volts? From the National Weather Service actually. They state that an "average" lightning bolt contains about 300 million volts of energy. Since this was a double-lightning strike, even my admittedly limited math skills can figure out that's double 300 million volts equaling 600 million volts. What a striking statistic.
Personally, I'm of the opinion that 600 million is a conservative estimate. Both of these strikes were mammoth lightning bolts. I never thought I would look at 600 million volts as a conservative anything.
Like I said before, Dan Robinson is a must-follow on YouTube if you enjoy photography and/or weather stuff as he's constantly sharing interesting bits of nature.