OBJECT ON FILM DURING SEVERE LIGHTNING

© Copyright Colin Andrews 2004.

This unusual object was captured on one of a series of long exposure photographs I took during a severe thunderstorm on the 22nd July 1983, in Salisbury Road, Andover, England – facing south east. The object also appears on the negative.
 
 

The object is positioned precisely between two separate triggers of lightning.
 
 

The object was not seen at the time.  One of these series of strikes hit a 132,000 Volts overhead transmission wire and put the power out to most of the town that night. None of the other photographs I took during the storm have anything unusual on them.
 
 

Details: Approximately one minute exposure, using the ‘B’ setting at F11-16 on the 35 mm, Chinnon camera. The film was 100 ASA Fuji, high definition.




I have attached another two photographs from the long sequence of photos I took that night.

One of the two shots seen here was published in the local Andover newspaper because one of the lightning bolts captured here hit a high voltage overhead cable, which put the electrical supply out to a large part of the town. The headline read something like "What a Cracker’.

The Journal of Meteorology (Vol. 11, No 112, October, 1986) also published one of the photographs from this negative strip. A request has gone out to Dr. Meaden informing him of my interest in taking another look at the negative. Many expert’s who have seen the photograph, consider it interesting enough for some careful analysis of the negative to be done. I have had one suggestion that the atmospheric research group and JPL might have an interest.

I have been asked why now, after all this time has this photograph surfaced. Quite simply, I am sorting through a lot of my data and just a few days ago came across a file on weather phenomenon which held this photograph. I had noticed this object a few years ago but long forgot about it until now. The more I looked at it on this computer, the more impressed I became and so decided to send it to a few people I thought would be interested.

I welcome hearing from anyone who has a constructive idea of what this might be. My recollection is that when I looked at the negatives before sending them to Dr. Meaden in 1986, the object was certainly clearly visible and that it did not look to be a scratch on the negative.

If any new details come to light, I will post them.

Feedback so far: Scratch or bubble on negative, faulty emulsion, aircraft, bird or ufo.

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