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article imagePhoto: Lighting strikes bright enough to be seen from space

By Greta McClain     Jan 30, 2013 in Odd News
A severe storm system that stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes sparked two lighting flashes large enough to be seen from outer space.
On Wednesday, Digital Journal reported the storm system spawned several tornadoes throughout the south eastern portion of the United States. One severe thunderstorm created lightning strong enough to be seen from space.
According to Space.com, the Suomi NPP satellite captured the lightning flash during its orbit early Wednesday morning. The satellite, which is jointly operated by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), was able to capture clear details of the storm clouds due to the near-full moon.
Bright lights can be seen in several cities such as Atlanta and Nashville, however in the western portion of Tennessee, the two bright lights visible are not from city lights according to Live Science. They are actual lighting strikes caused by the storms.
A lightning flash from a line of severe thunderstorms sweeping across the eastern United States was ...
A lightning flash from a line of severe thunderstorms sweeping across the eastern United States was spotted from space by the Suomi NPP satellite on the night of Jan. 29, 2013.
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