Big Island storms produce huge lightning showUPDATED 7:56 PM HST Dec 31, 2013Video Transcript
thousands of lightning strikes. Cameras on top of Mauna Kea captured the rare lightning show. KITV4's Cam Tran shows us the incredible images. It is a sight many of us hardly get to see--- check out mother nature's fireworks show from the top of Mauna Kea. 00:58 IT'S FAIRLY RARE TO GET THIS MUCH LIGHTNING IN SUCH A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME. The Canada France Hawaii Telescope on Mauna Kea captured the towering thunderstorms forming on the windward side of the Big Island Sunday evening through Monday morning. The time lapse video also showcases the array lightning bolts associated with the storm. IN:01:03 WE SAW DEEP INSTABILITY SO THE THUNDERSTOR MS GREW VERY TALL MIXED WITH ALL THE ICE IN THE UPPER LEVEL SO THE ATMOSPHERE THAT HELPED TO GENERATE ALL THAT STATIC ELECTRICITY AND A LOT OF LIGHTNING STRIKES 1:15 The National Weather Service tracks those strikes and says there were roughly ten to twenty thousand of them over a two day period. Cantin says most were inner cloud ----meaning they never hit the surface. IN:2:16 THE FOOTAGE IS WHOING YOU FROM THE 13 FOOT VANTAGE POINT AND THE STORMS GOT HIGHER THAN THAT, THEY GOT UP TO 30-40 THOUSAND FEET TALL BUT THEY REMAINED OFF TO THE NORTH AND EAST SO IT WAS A GREAT VIEW FROM THE SUMMIT TO WATCH ALL THIS HAPPEN AND NOT GET IMPACTED BY THE LIGHTING. 2:31 Thirteen thousand feet up these powerful storms brought this: snow and ice on the summit of Mauna Kea... On the ground it produced soaking rain. Though it is fascinating to see mother nature's fury it's best to view from a safe spot. 3:15 IT SHOWS US IN HAWAII WE DO GET LIGHTNING AND THUNDESTORMS AND IT CAN BE DANGEROUS AND WHEN THIS HAPPENS YOU WANT TO GET INSIDE IT. MAY BE FASCINATING OT LOOK AT BUT YOU WANT TO BE INSIDE TO BE SAFE AND STAY AWAY FROM IT 3:26 Cam Tran, KITV 4 News. Sports time with Robert Kekaula.