Gloucestershire, September 12: Over the weekend, a surprising natural phenomenon left residents of North Gloucestershire bewildered as a massive cloud illuminated with repeated lightning bolts filled the sky. Numerous videos and images flooded social media, with many residents expressing their astonishment and curiosity about the unusual event. However, one video clip in particular has ignited speculation about a mysterious object emerging from the electrified cloud, reminiscent of a scene from a sci-fi film.
According to multiple reports, the video, captured by Mark Ravey from Longlevens, shows a continuous lightning display within the cloud canopy. At approximately 1 minute and 12 seconds into the video, an enigmatic object appears to flash out of the cloud from the left side of the frame, prompting Ravey to seek explanations from the online community. RavenWolf, another observer who photographed the event, commented on the strange anomalies they noticed in the sky during the storm. Golden Waterspout on Russia’s Kama River Gets Captured on Camera, Video of Rare Meteorological Phenomenon Captivates Internet.
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They emphasised that the object seemed solid because it did not appear transparent like the surrounding clouds, sparking intrigue among viewers. In response to the mystery, Jeff Mays suggested a more mundane explanation, speculating that an aircraft, possibly from the Met Office, was conducting weather-related investigations in the vicinity. Mays reported witnessing the aircraft's movements as it navigated around the cloud, potentially probing the unusual weather feature. Waterspout Outbreak at Gulf of Finland as Eyewitnesses Observe Six Spectacular Phenomenons (Watch Video).
While the phenomenon has piqued interest and sparked a range of theories, experts believe it may be a case of intra-cloud lightning, a relatively rare occurrence where lightning discharges exclusively within the cloud. The electrifying event was not limited to North Gloucestershire, as reports emerged from the West Midlands, Wales, and the South West, suggesting that it was a widespread and captivating meteorological spectacle.
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