Chain of Lightning Makes Its Way To Iceland - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Chain of Lightning Makes Its Way To Iceland

Published November 8, 2011

Satellite imagery has captured a series of lightning bursts extending up the Gulf Stream and over southwest Iceland.
The past few days in Iceland have been marked by high winds and rain, which is not unusual for any season of the year in this country, nor for fall in particular. However, lightning is rare – lightning requires banks of warm air and cool air to meet each other, but currents warm enough seldom reach the north Atlantic island.
Lightning can happen, however, and new satellite images show a chain of lightning strikes over the Gulf Stream – where warm air is carried northward, keeping Iceland relatively temperate year-round – as well as over portions of southwestern Iceland itself.
Although no photographic nor video evidence of this lightning has yet been submitted, here’s a video of a lightning strike taken last April in southwest Iceland:

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