Weird Lightning

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I was tickled to capture two flashes of lightning in a short video yesterday. When I went back to look at the individual frames, it was amazing to see that the flashes were straight columns of light, not branched like normal lightning. What a strange phenomenon!  Any ideas?

2015-06-21_weird-lightning02I was looking at the camera but from the corner of my eye these flashes seemed to drop straight down out of the sky. It wasn’t yet raining. You can see the video version here, on YouTube. Huh!

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