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Thunderstorm over Brisbane, view from our balcony over Fortitude Valley

"At any one moment 1800 thunderstorms are in progress around the globe, some 40'000 a day. Day and night across the planet every second about a hundred lightning bolts hit the ground. A bolt of lightning travels at 43'500km/h and can heat the air around to a decidedly crisp 28'000°C, several times hotter than the surface of the sun" (A short history of nearly everything, by Bill Bryson, a book Corinne is reading at the moment). That is "average and theory" but it is fact, that about 20 thunderstorms per season hit Brisbane and its suburbs, almost exclusively passing from south-west to north-east. Some are really frightening, lightning strokes, wind and floods cause severe damage. The first four storms I followed from our balcony or sheltered somewhere in the city. When the front has passed, one can often observe the back side of the storm, a fantastic spectacle of lightnings. During one evening event energex recorded over 13'000 lightnings reching the ground. I am not a storm chaser, but I work on the quality of photographs, probably I have to go from digital photography back to good old analog film, because analog films can capture more contrast than current digital sensors.