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Published on Jul 2, 2012
This is the full 1080p version of a video I earlier uploaded showing the massive derecho (a special type of thunderstorm) that hit the Washington, DC area on June 29. (Unfortunately the focus turned out so bad at points, given the nighttime shooting conditions, that it's a joke to call this a 'high definition' video!) A massive thunderstorm hit the Washington area on the 29th of July 2012, and this video (taken in McLean, Virginia, a little west of DC) shows the onslaught of lightning it produced. While this video is heavily edited to cut out the space in between bolts of lightning, no footage is duplicated -- in other words, every flash is unique, and I just cut out video to cluster them together. I can not remember ever having seen so much lightning within a single storm where I live. The Capital Weather Gang reports (using NWS info) that this type of severe weather event, known as a derecho, occurs only once every four years on average in the Washington, DC region. Tragically, at least 13 people have died from the storm, including 5 in the DC area, reports the Washington Post. There are also news reports that millions lost their power due to this storm; we were fortunate enough to have ours back within 24 hours, although it was out at the time I shot this video. And so, like many other severe weather events, there are two sides to this storm: the tremendous, awe-inspiring display of lightning and thunder, which I show here; but also the loss of life and hardship it has produced.