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What is this?

 
Anonymous Coward
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05/21/2013 03:46 PM
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Re: What is this?
spark from blown transformer
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1432018


I would say it IS the transformer, having just been ripped from the pole, then flying through the air while doing what transformers do - blow when they are arc'd.
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Re: What is this?
At about 1:50 in. streaking at 90 degrees to the way all else is moving [link to www.youtube.com]
 Quoting: dmore4


Obamas birth certificate...Mohamed Atta's turban...or probably an ember from an electrical transformer.
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05/21/2013 03:58 PM
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Re: What is this?
I looked.. its a reflection off the window he is filming through, from something inside the shelter that looks metallic (wristwatch) and caught the light from outside.
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Re: What is this?
It looks like electrical discharge. The larger "ball" that you saw flying across the screen looks very much like ball lightning. I've slowed down the video to 50% original speed. At that speed you can see many more discharges occurring around the cone of the tornado.Starting at about 1:50 in you can see more, less pronounced discharging. The discharge in yours occurs at about 3:39, but I am not sure if slowing it down helped a whole lot here. The video already seems cut down by YT's great flash video formatting.

There seems to be discharging through out the video, but I hope this helps you see it just a little better.



Being that such high voltage potentials have been seen on smaller dust devils, a tornado of this magnitude should easily be able to produce it's very own high voltage discharges. Here are a couple links to a few places that people have done their homework on the subject:

[link to www.thunderbolts.info]
[link to www.thunderbolts.info]

Because of the electrical potential that exists in some of these storms, cloud to ground, cloud to cloud, and the normal versions of lightning that we usually see are not the only things occurring. I'm sure any number of videos from this storm that these can be seen. This one makes it easy since the video was taken so close to the main potential of the storm near the vortex (which is arguably still electrical; yes the entire tornado).
 Quoting: frgttnsin


man looks like a little flashing foo fighter @ speed.

def. Not boll lightning, transformer or powerline.
That was moving under its own power. Into the wind...





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