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Hector the Convector

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  1. Also i'm pretty sure this separate clip is the sound of positive lightning. The flash was some 10 seconds prior to the bang. The power behind it was incredible. I'm glad this particular strike didn't hit the tower! Best listened to through headphones (go easy on the volume though :-p) positive lightning.mp4
  2. Good evening! I was on Birmingham uni campus yesterday filming a nasty thunderstorm. I'm pretty sure that the Old Joe clock tower next to me took a direct hit. Sadly i wasn't filming it directly at the time, but I captured the audio nonetheless. The tower is over 100m high i believe, so the slight delay between flash and bang would suggest that it was struck. lightning.mp4
  3. Yes totally agree, it was one of the best night time storms I've seen here to the east of Southampton. I viewed the storm approaching from the top of the local car park until security told me to leave. I was there happily minding my own business watching natures light show...but he was more convinced that i was there to throw shopping trolleys off Tesco car-park roof. Clearly us storm chasers have that look about us?. Or maybe it's just me . Oh well never mind..went home and enjoyed the storm as it came directly overhead. May upload some video late, but here's some still's
  4. This webcam is pretty cool. Every now and then it pans around to show the cloud structures to the Southwest of St Malo. Hopefully we will see these in the South later!
  5. Someone 60 miles west of Rennes reporting constant lightning. Doesn't surprise me looking at the lightning detector!
  6. Yeah good shout, i was just looking at that. The sky looks threatening when the camera looks west. Hopefully a good sign for us later!
  7. Lol i know how you feel! It has been 5 years since I've seen proper snow in Southampton :-(. Lets hope things pan out well for us Southerners this afternoon. Hopefully we will be on the right side of marginal..and that the rain is heavy enough for evaporative cooling to turn everything white (even at low levels).
  8. Hi there! Are you able to chase that storm moving into Cornwall soon? Seems to have maintained intensity on the radar for hours now! Could be a good storm..
  9. 5 minutes of mad weather here near Southampton. Couple of lightning flashes. Wind went mental for a bit with debris in the air. Windows in the house slammed shut made us jump! Wouldn't be surprised to see some local with D damage
  10. Yes indeed! They are in a different league aren't they....(ESTOFEX level 2!). One day i'll go chasing out there..has to be done! Anyhow back to the UK...some convection just starting to the east of my location..fingers crossed for south central later on
  11. Can see the occasional flash on this London Eye webcam http://www.guoman.com/corporate/web_cam_page.html although i'm sure there must be better cams/views on the net
  12. Latest radar run shows 2 more showers developing between le havre and Brighton. At least I don't think they're anaprop this time..
  13. Indeed James, let's hope something happens soon! I'm prepared to drive out to the new forest if anything does kick off. Not throwing in the towel just yet
  14. Yeah some convection just starting in this region, hopefully bodes well for later. On a slightly unrelated note, would love to witness one of those French storms to the north west of le mans right now!
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