forked lightning


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forked lightning

[¦fȯrkt ′līt·niŋ]
(geophysics)
A common form of lightning, in a cloud-to-ground discharge, which exhibits downward-directed branches from the main lightning channel.
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BY THUNDER Forked lightning strikes Finnieston crane in Glasgow.
He shouted and everyone turned - suddenly the flames were leaping up and moving like forked lightning as they spread into electric cables.
It was accompanied by forked lightning that flashed menacingly across the sky for more than an hour.
But the pictures of forked lightning followed by thunderclaps was like the start of an old Hammer Horror movie.
Forked lightning hit power lines a number of times, knocking the supply out.
LUCKY Erin Moran has been left with a fitting reminder of being hit by a bolt from the sky - a scar that looks like forked lightning.
Neighbours described how forked lightning had struck the chimney at around 9pm on Tuesday.
INJURED Amy was hit by lightning STRIKE FORCE Forked lightning in Cambs yesterday NEWQUAY Boat lies capsized after breaking free of moorings BRISTOL Youngster on bike rides through torrential deluge SCARBOROUGH Girl graduates brave town's rain-lashed seafront
Hail fell in Norfolk, in London the Oval cricket ground was struck by forked lightning, and the freak weather set houses ablaze in Surrey and Essex.
FORKED lightning across the Thames provided a pyrotechnic backdrop and sent a shiver down West Indies coach John Dyson's spine.