DISCUSSION: As strong thunderstorm erupted over portions of northwest Europe much earlier today, there was a fairly impressive lightning display on tap with many of the aforementioned storms that fired during the early to mid-afternoon hours. As shown in the video above, sometimes people have too close of a call when it comes to being in close proximity to strong/severe thunderstorms. In the case of the footage above (captured over in Kraków, Poland), the person who captured this footage was incredibly close to this cloud-to-ground lightning strike as shown via the shaking of the camera. It is worth noting that when it comes to lightning, it will often also heat the ambient air up to near 50,000° F which makes for an increasingly more dangerous situation when it comes to a cloud-to-ground lightning strikes! As always, if presented in the vicinity of a strong-to-severe thunderstorm generating a plethora of lightning, remember the catch-phrase "When thunder roars, go indoors!"
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