Pilotallen From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 656 posts, RR: 3 Posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 892 times:
I was recently doing a night x-c with my instructor and we got caught up in some heat lightning, can anyone tellm e if its dangerous? at the time i didnt ask my insturcot because we were too busy getting out of its way, but has anyone been through it? in a small plane or jetliner? what or how did you react the first time maybe?
JetBlue26 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 82 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 840 times:
Heat lightning are lightning flashes that are too far away from a person to hear the thunder. It is similar to sheet lightning but is in t-storms more than 10 miles away. Trees, buildings and noise can cut this distance to less than five miles. Its called heat lightning because its often seen on summer nights when the sky is clear overhead. Air molecules and dust in the refract the light coming from distant lightning which makes the flashes an orange color. Lighting is only dangerous when you fly too close too it. It can really damage an aircraft and can cause temporary blindness for a pilot.
Pilotallen From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 656 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 803 times:
You said it was formed on clear nights and what not? I didnt know that because when i saw it, it seemed to be a cloud that lit up a tremendous amount. maybe it was just normal lightning on a cloudy day lol.
Capt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 790 times:
It's very surreal when you experience it for the first time; it happened to me this Summer, when I was walking along a road at night-very clear sky, stars shining brightly, and then suddenly I just caught sight of a flash of light around me-it lasted about a split second. I was stunned at first, but it was later explained to me.