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Old 04-11-2013, 03:42 AM
 
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Last night we had a front roll through in SE Pennsylvania. It was an unusual storm in that it had some truly massive and long lasting lightining bolts. These bolts were huge and extremely long. I also witnessed some impressive horizantal lightning bolts that seemed to snake across the sky from cloud to cloud and might have been a mile long or more. So lets say there was a very large amount of electrical energy, the most I've seen in years and more than in even summer storms.
A second front rolled through afterwards and I was looking at the weather radar and noticed that a long line right through the midlde of the radar was blank. Like the storm was cut in half by a laser about a mile or two wide. Was the radar damaged or do you think or was it a software malfunction?
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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Usually that's caused by some kind of glitch in the radar. Many things can cause strange things in radar images. I've seen images from our local NWS doppler radar that actually picked up the setting sun as one line of green extended west from the radar site as the sun set. I've seen the radar pick up traffic along a nearby interstate. And, while I can't remember for sure, I feel like I have seen what you are talking about as well, though I don't know exactly what causes it. I also know that the area immediately surrounding the radar location isn't picked up by the radar either.
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