Caption: High-speed footage of a classic lightning strike, showing stepped leaders of charge heading downwards, until one makes contact with the ground, forming a channel through which the main discharge can travel. The return strokes show m-component fluctuations and continuing currents. Filmed at 7200 frames per second in South Dakota, USA, in spring.

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Keywords: afternoon, america, atmosphere, atmospheric, cloud-to-ground, clouds, cumulonimbus, detection, environment, high speed, high speed camera, high speed video, high-speed, lightning, meteorological, meteorology, north america, overcast, return stroke, sky, slo-mo, slow motion, slowed down, spring, stepped, storm, storm chasers, thunderstorm, united states, us, usa, weather

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Lightning strike, high-speed

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Duration: 00:00:10.27

Frame size: 640x480

Frame rate: 30

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