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Lightning Flashes
updated: Jul 27, 2014, 9:31 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

There was massive lightning happening last night in the foothills over Goleta. The flashes would occur about every minute and ten seconds. Did anyone else see this? It really freaked me out. Not sure what if was, if it was lightning at all. They almost looked like they were shooting up from the ground and the light was orange and pink. Please tell me someone has an explanation for this.

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 COMMENT 539867 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 10:44 AM

Ah no pics?!?!


 COMMENT 539868 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 10:48 AM

That does not sound like lightning. If it was happening like that there would have been thunder I would think. I've also never heard of orange and pink lightning.


 ANIMALLISTNER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 11:04 AM

Great light show in Solvang too


 COMMENT 539872 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 11:05 AM

We were out enjoying the stars around midnight and we kept seeing flashes to the westerly side of Goleta up near/in the hills. It actually was rather distracting. There did not seem to be any noises associated with the flashes. It almost looked like a photo flash. We were in the Turnpike/Cathedral Oaks area and the flashes were far west of us. On the brighter side, we did see one shooting star!


 COMMENT 539875 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 11:08 AM

No thunderstorms were in the area last night.


 COMMENT 539876 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 11:14 AM

I saw one of these flashes about 11:30 when I was walking the dogs. Thought it might have been a transformer explosion, but didn't hear any sound. Any power outages out past Goleta?


 COMMENT 539878 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 11:20 AM

Heard and saw nothing, I live in Goleta.


 COMMENT 539879P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 11:32 AM

That's pretty interesting that several people saw this with no explanation. I was out walking at 10:00 but didn't notice anything. Anyone know of webcams in the area that might have captured the foothills last night?


 COMMENT 539883 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 11:51 AM

I saw one massive light flash roughly at 11:40 but did not hear any Thunder.


 COMMENT 539887 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 12:06 PM

The immensity of what I don't know is astounding. And I'm okay with that. I don't need to know it all because the unknown can be awesome in its wonder.


 COMMENT 539902 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 01:31 PM

I live in the Goleta foothills and I saw lots of the lightening flashes - white ones. All the action appeared to be far out over the ocean to me.


 COMMENT 539918 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 03:00 PM

2 people just got hit by lightning in venice.


 COMMENT 539932 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 04:06 PM

8 people were hit by lightning this afternoon at Venice Beach and another hit on Catalina Island.


 COMMENT 539938 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 04:24 PM

Sometimes lightning does shoot up from the Earth. Grounded objects whose tops are closest to the base of the thundercloud, such as trees and tall buildings, create an opposite charge that enhances the strength of the electrical field. A positively charged ionic channel, called a positive or upward streamer, can develop from these points.

At night, it is possible to see the flashes of lightning from very far distances, up to 100 miles, but the sound doesn't carry that far.


 COMMENT 539942 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 04:38 PM

Why aren't an orchestra players afraid of lightening?
They have a conductor!


 COMMENT 539989P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 06:23 PM

Yeah, amazing! I mean, I didn't see it, but NINE people were hit in LA/Venice Beach and fires were started (maybe only on Catalina?). We were lucky -- so far.



 COMMENT 540040 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 08:55 PM

The number of people injured by lightning in Venice today has reached 13 with 2 fatalities. All the injured were either in or near the water and the lightning struck the water. No thunderstorms were forecast but like last night in SY it came out of nowhere.


 COMMENT 540062P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-27 11:56 PM

We can see lightning flashes from quite distant strikes. It may have appeared to have been in the Goleta foothills, but it was not. Lightning tracker websites are very useful for real-time lightning strike information. Just look it up while it's happening!


 COMMENT 540087 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-28 08:26 AM

Also, at a considerable distance away, light from lightning strikes can project through the cloud cover, particularly when the cloud tops are very high. That illumination can seem to be nearer than the point of origin of a ground to earth or earth to cloud lightning bolt and the color can be varied due to the prism efffects. In addition, thunder simultaneously created by the lightning is so far away it either cannot be heard or is so long after the flash and muffled it is disassociated from the flash.


 COMMENT 540102 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-28 09:32 AM

Lightning can be other colors at times. Sorry I missed it.


 COMMENT 540118 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-28 10:12 AM

I saw the flashes as well, around 11:30 pm on Foothill near Tucker's Grove. There were thunderstorms out over the ocean that night as well, and I believe it was lightning associated with the storms.


 COMMENT 540212 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-28 03:13 PM

Glad others saw the weird bright flashes of intense light coming from the ground north of Goleta. Two of us watched them from north of Dos Pueblos ranch road and they originated from various spots but mostly west. We saw at least 12 between 10:30 and midnight. So.....no one has an explanation? They are still making me wonder so much!


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