/ Lightning ,or was it an air strike
Probably the nearest I've been to being zapped.
Huge flash all around me ,and an instant mega loud explosion.
I nearly pooped myself. I got the f*ck out of There ,sharpish
Ooft. That's close! Where were you?
Where about Andy, any kind of forewarning - axes humming, static in the air etc?
Sounds like you had a luckier escape than these guys...
Isle of Mull. This morning.
Was followed by the most horrendous hail stones.they were absolutely killing me .
Mother Nature is a powerful lady.
Before or after you got to the top?
Scary stuff ! I had a similar experience yesterday on mam tor in the peak district . The whole world went electric blue only a few meters to one side and there was a sound like a bomb had gone off ( but miles louder ) .
I'd already been running downhill to get out of harm's way and was slightly concerned as I had a walking pole on my rucksack - and I didn't want to become a human lightning conductor .
About 100 yards from the stone shelter(top)
Top of the mountain is rather flat.
You'll have been on Ben More?
And these feral cats:
Yes ,electric blue .
My concern was that the hill might be one big lightning conductor.
Compasses go a bit awry up there ,because of some magnetic interference
Yeah - but only once (with no electricity in the air).
I think I'd have needed a change of underwear after that though.
Wasn't wearing underwear.
Pair of Endura tights between me and the elements.
Sorry.too much information.
sounds like you had a lucky escape. The only time I've been that close, I got hit.
I had the same thing happen to me on the Pennine moors. Not a direct strike but it damn well flattened me and several cows nearby. No one can imagine just how flipping loud it is to be in the middle of a thunderclap. Since then I'm pretty terrified of lightning storms. With good reason.
I was once inside when lightning and thunder seemed to be right overhead. I went out onto the balcony of our 2nd floor flat to have a look. Lightning then struck so close, with such a flash and a bang that I fell over. I don't know how close it actually was, but it took out the electrics of the whole block and our modem (this was 1998) was blackened.
Two of us camping on A93 Saturday night. At about 10pm we saw a flash that seemed to light up the whole world for a millisecond. No noise, no static, nothing but this intense flash....it was well weird.
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