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San Franfrazzled: Once-in-a-lifetime picture of lightning striking iconic bridge
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13 April 2012

Posted on 04/13/2012 7:10:18 PM PDT by Lorianne

An incredible eight bolts struck the Bay Bridge in San Francisco last night which was captured in this incredible shot by photographer Phil McGrew, who took the photo through the rain-soaked window of his apartment.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Science; Weather
KEYWORDS: california; goldengatebridge; lightningstrike; philmcgrew; sanfrancisco
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1 posted on 04/13/2012 7:10:23 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: SunkenCiv; BIGLOOK

Ping


2 posted on 04/13/2012 7:11:51 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Lorianne

What an awesome photo!


3 posted on 04/13/2012 7:12:50 PM PDT by CAluvdubya (Have a Blessed Good Friday)
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To: Lorianne

Heck of a photo!


4 posted on 04/13/2012 7:13:56 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Lorianne

octozot.


5 posted on 04/13/2012 7:16:07 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (I think in about 5 - no, 4 - years I'll have had enough.)
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To: glock rocks

Rumor has it you like pictures or sumthin’, ping.

That IS an awesome picture, Lorianne!!!


6 posted on 04/13/2012 7:17:41 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: Lorianne

Saved as the super ZOT for DU trolls!!


7 posted on 04/13/2012 7:18:28 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

lol

Looks like a typical day on FR


8 posted on 04/13/2012 7:19:56 PM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Lorianne

Wow, great picture! Thanks for posting!


9 posted on 04/13/2012 7:24:35 PM PDT by Batman11 (Obama's poll numbers are so low the Kenyans are claiming he was born in the USA!)
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To: Lorianne; a fool in paradise

Did anyone beside me notice in the picture the stones falling from heaven? The judgment day is coming!


10 posted on 04/13/2012 7:27:03 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Lorianne
Looks like a typical day on FR

lols!

11 posted on 04/13/2012 7:27:19 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (I think in about 5 - no, 4 - years I'll have had enough.)
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To: Lorianne

San Fantastic


12 posted on 04/13/2012 7:27:19 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: Lorianne

Whoa!! What a great photo!


13 posted on 04/13/2012 7:28:32 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Lorianne

The Lord’s way of telling Sodom by the Bay, “SHAPE UP!”

Other than that, great picture.

As a California highway engineer, I spent 8 years of my career working on the bridge replacement’s various phases including the suspension portion pictured.

I even have the scars to prove it. Not physical scars, but the emotional scars of having to live in San Francisco for 8 years and the bay area for 12. You wouldn’t think that just living in a congested city for of rude, selfish opportunists would destroy you emotionally and mentally, but believe me, it took a real toll. I don’t see how any nice person can survive living there, and to be a conservative — well, I can say I nearly did not survive mentally.

It was awful. I wanted to stay on and finish the bridge, but San Franciscans are such horrible people, I had to escape the place before the bridge work is finished.


14 posted on 04/13/2012 7:32:23 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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To: Lorianne

Wow, I hope people weren’t driving across it at the time.


15 posted on 04/13/2012 7:32:59 PM PDT by Qwackertoo (Gingrich/West 2012)
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To: Lorianne

Wow, I hope people weren’t driving across it at the time.


16 posted on 04/13/2012 7:32:59 PM PDT by Qwackertoo (Gingrich/West 2012)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Time lapse photography is fun. There is a classic picture of the Kitt Peak Observatory outside Tucson being hit by a couple dozen lightning strikes. The white domes of the various telescopes look ghostly, lit up against the dark background desert sky. There was no pretending that it was anything but a fairly long exposure, however.
17 posted on 04/13/2012 7:33:54 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Lorianne

WOW!! It kooks like 4 current strikes and 4 other strikes just a fraction of a second before. WOW!!

The folks driving on the bridge....did they notice anything unusual? Probably not, all they saw was bright flashes.


18 posted on 04/13/2012 7:36:42 PM PDT by citizen (Sherlock Holmes as Romney might now exclaim "The game's afoot!" Romney now needs his Dr. Watson V-ot)
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To: Lorianne

Wow. Kudos to the photographer. Ultimate kudos to God, because if He’s still warning us, He still loves us.


19 posted on 04/13/2012 7:40:00 PM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Good save!


20 posted on 04/13/2012 7:40:11 PM PDT by citizen (Sherlock Holmes as Romney might now exclaim "The game's afoot!" Romney now needs his Dr. Watson V-ot)
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To: Qwackertoo

As long as they were in the car and not walking they would be fine.The rubber tires of the car insulate them from the current.


21 posted on 04/13/2012 7:41:00 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Yea, you’re right. If they were all at once you would see headlights and taillights as if they were standing still.


22 posted on 04/13/2012 7:43:40 PM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: Lorianne

That is cool!


23 posted on 04/13/2012 7:43:52 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Qwackertoo
Wow, I hope people weren’t driving across it at the time.

See that solid stream of light tracking the highway across the bridge? That's headlights of traffic. Lots of people crossed while the photographer was waiting for enough strikes to hit to make the photo he wanted.

Nice picture but no big deal to get it.

24 posted on 04/13/2012 7:44:39 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE

Well, not really. The metal mass of the car around them is what gives them protection.


25 posted on 04/13/2012 7:44:39 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Women and cats will do as they please; men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.)
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To: Lorianne

Great picture...quite a view from the apartment.

Anybody have the details on camera, lens, settings?


26 posted on 04/13/2012 7:48:24 PM PDT by O6ret
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE

Actually the car body acts as a Faraday cage.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faraday_cage


27 posted on 04/13/2012 7:50:24 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: stevio
EggZackly.
28 posted on 04/13/2012 7:50:49 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Lorianne

That was quite a storm that generated it! Right outside my window, too (but I didn’t take a nice picture). We were lucky the power stayed out. We had thunderclaps every five minutes, it seemed.


29 posted on 04/13/2012 7:51:30 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: Lorianne

Why do I count “nine” strikes?


30 posted on 04/13/2012 7:54:20 PM PDT by Gertie
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To: Revolting cat!

“I, for one, welcome our new Stone Masters.”


31 posted on 04/13/2012 7:54:51 PM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: Lorianne

I count nine strikes.


32 posted on 04/13/2012 7:55:49 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Lorianne

Well, there goes that $ 205,000 bush!


33 posted on 04/13/2012 7:56:39 PM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: Gertie

I saw another report (after I posted this) that said it was nine.


34 posted on 04/13/2012 7:56:49 PM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Uhmm, that’s nine bolts of lightning, not eight.


35 posted on 04/13/2012 7:57:48 PM PDT by Gargantua ("Time to pump the cesspool, the stench is getting noxious.")
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To: Kirkwood
Named after the English scientist Michael Faraday, who eventually grew so unruly they had to keep him in a cage.

≤}B^)

36 posted on 04/13/2012 8:00:06 PM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: Lorianne
And under enhancement, there is even a tenth bolt striking way down at the far end of the bridge, so faint that it's barely visible in situ.

Amazing.

37 posted on 04/13/2012 8:01:16 PM PDT by Gargantua ("Time to pump the cesspool, the stench is getting noxious.")
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To: Lorianne

The lighting not striking a tower looks like it might be hitting something near the ground on the far shore. or not.


38 posted on 04/13/2012 8:03:40 PM PDT by ThomasThomas ("Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!")
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To: Past Your Eyes

I thought it was the damn tires.


39 posted on 04/13/2012 8:12:12 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Lorianne

very cool!


40 posted on 04/13/2012 8:15:22 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: hinckley buzzard
Nice picture but no big deal to get it.

It is a big deal out here. We almost never get a storm like that. This must have been the first thunderstorm in the Bay Area in 10 years.

It's not the difficulty of the picture, it's the rarety of the event.

-PJ

41 posted on 04/13/2012 8:23:00 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free
I even have the scars to prove it. Not physical scars, but the emotional scars of having to live in San Francisco for 8 years and the bay area for 12. You wouldn’t think that just living in a congested city for of rude, selfish opportunists would destroy you emotionally and mentally, but believe me, it took a real toll. I don’t see how any nice person can survive living there, and to be a conservative — well, I can say I nearly did not survive mentally.

At a California Republican state convention, I met a Chinese-American who lived in The City, as Northern Californians call SF. He said that living there was like living in an insane asylum.

When I'm in town, I usually pick up a loaf of sourdough Boudin bread and eat ravioli at the Cafferata on Columbus and Filbert, but I'm not sure I would want to live there.

42 posted on 04/13/2012 8:23:47 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: Lorianne

WOW..what a beautiful picture.


43 posted on 04/13/2012 8:25:35 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (Waiting for the new tagline to download)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Thanks for bringing up that point. Growing up in the bay area, lighting/thunder storms were rare...this would have been very rare...time lapse photo or not.


44 posted on 04/13/2012 8:33:37 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (Waiting for the new tagline to download)
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To: Kirkwood
Actually the car body acts as a Faraday cage.

In 1992, I was driving down the Baker Grade, north of Baker, in San Bernardino County, Calif. into a storm. Ahead of me, lightning strikes were happening one after another--it seemed as there was one every few seconds. However, I got through the storm all right and stopped for a baklava and some Middle Eastern coffee at the Mad Greek in Baker. The previous day, I had driven under a funnel cloud at Mountain Pass, about 10 miles north of the Baker Grade.

45 posted on 04/13/2012 8:34:21 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: the invisib1e hand
"octozot."

Savin' it to MY zot-pic file, you betcha!

46 posted on 04/13/2012 8:35:27 PM PDT by redhead (Alaska: Step out of the bus and into the food chain.)
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To: Lorianne

The surreal colors are striking as well.


47 posted on 04/13/2012 8:37:00 PM PDT by citizencon
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To: citizencon

We had lightening here on the coast of San Diego this afternoon..very rare.


48 posted on 04/13/2012 8:57:14 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: citizencon

I thought lightning didn’t strike twice in the same place.


49 posted on 04/13/2012 8:58:17 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: Fiji Hill

Yes, awesome tourist city. You need to stay 2 weeks to see and do everything. Just the liberal/opportunistic mentality of the residents make living hell for everyone, and if you are conservative it is 3x worse.

Even going back for a visit I get constant reminders. I get off a ramp and there are druggie/alchie bums panhandling. I cross a street and their is a poster for some gay sex website. I drive down a street, and there is a crowd of critical mass bicyclists blocking traffic. Here a gay parade. There an anti-war protest. Nuclear free zone. Save the whales. COEXIST bumper stickers everywhere. On and on without end.

But as a tourist city it is hard to beat, and everyone should make an extended visit at least once or twice in their lives. It is a beautiful city with a lot to do.


50 posted on 04/13/2012 9:11:38 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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