Grassroots lightning lit up the sky during a thunderstorm in New York City. The spectacular phenomenon was captured by webcams. Lightning appeared on the spire of 1 World Trade Center. This type of “inverted” lightning is most often created in the vicinity of tall buildings.
Severe thunderstorms hit the eastern United States over the weekend. The discharges were visible, among others, over New York, where the eyes of the inhabitants saw an unusual phenomenon.
Lightning upside down over 1 World Trade Center
On Saturday night, the sky over New York City was illuminated by lightning from below, i.e. lightning that looks inverted and directed from the bottom up. The lightning appeared on the spire of building 1 World Trade Center. The spectacular phenomenon was captured by several webcams that broadcast views of New York City.
As Jesse Ferrell from the AccuWeather portal explained, bottom-up lightning often arises on the tops of buildings, which during a storm “give up” the charge accumulated on them into the atmosphere.
“New York was right on the brink of the storms, so we didn’t see many lightning strikes,” he explained. “Only two downward lightning bolts have been recorded in Manhattan,” he added.
1 World Trade Center stood on the site of the twin WTC towers
1 World Trade Center, initially called the Freedom Tower, is part of a complex of buildings erected in place of the twin WTC towers, destroyed as a result of the September 11, 2001 attack. It was officially opened in November 2014. It is 541 meters high, which is 1,776 feet, to commemorate the date of the United States Declaration of Independence. It is currently the tallest building in the US.
It is one of the most frequently struck buildings in the country by lightning. In the years 2015-2020, 189 discharges were recorded on it.
ENEX, AccuWeather, tvnmeteo.pl
Main photo source: ENEX/EarthCam