Tonight in the easternmost section of the Florida Panhandle, Mother Nature put on quite a show that most of us have never quite seen before. Constant, dazzling lightning illuminated the sky so much that a friend originally from Mississippi called me and insisted that I come out around the North Florida Fairgrounds to see this God-inspired moment.
So I did. And man am I glad that I did.
Before I did, however, I assured him it was just some cloud-to-cloud lightning. Not that big of a deal and rare, but certainly not unprecedented.
The weather people on the local stations were amazed and said they'd never really seen anything like it. It wasn't just the remarkable light show -- it was the incredible calm here in town. No thunder whatsoever.
Just the lightning.
Here are two different segments I captured, both filmed along Paul Russell Road adjacent to the North Florida Fairgrounds looking towards the southeast and the Gulf of Mexico (the lights from the parking lot of the Fairgrounds probably diminish the effect of the video but I still find it captivating):
It turns out, there was a huge storm with tremendous lightning strikes in the Taylor County area to the southeast. In Tallahassee, however, it was incredibly calm and quiet. And the video doesn't quite do justice of how spectacular the show was. Here's a radar snapshot from around the time of the video:
Given that the display was somewhere around 70 miles or so away, I'm curious if they could see the same thing in Gainesville on the other side of the storm? That would make this even more incredible; that both cities would have seen an amazing light show -- one looking southeast and the other looking west.
Whatever the case, I made a memory tonight and bow once again to the master of the universe.