Storm Chaser Captures Lightning Strikes on Camera

Cameraman follows unpredictable lightning strikes for amazing shots.
3:00 | 08/10/12

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Well, you don't need me to tell you that this has been the summer of severe weather, with the extreme heat, the lightning and huge storms that hit when the cold fronts finally move through. Tonight, the new hunt here for lightning, as we team up with national geographic. Abc's ginger zee on the front lines with the lightning chasers. That was a huge one. Reporter: We're on the hunt for one of nature's most destructive and unpredictable forces. Tell me when you see a cg. Reporter: Our guide? Tim semerius. A seasoned storm chaser and this time, he's attempting the nearly impossible. Capturing an image of the birth of a lightning strike. Studying lightning, studying tornadoes are one of the final fron teerps of meet roll. . Reporter: A bolt of negligent comes down from the sky and moments another rising up from the front. That flash of light you see is when the two bolts meet and rush back to the cloud. He now wants to learn more about what's behind that explosive flash and believes his photographs could provide answers as to where and when bolts strike. Potentially saving lives. This happens to be the highest resolution, highest speed camera in the world. Reporter: It's called the kahuna. Weighs 1,600 pounds and basically a huge monser. Reporter: Alounge our journey, it sits inside his mobile laboratory. 202 hertz. Reporter: Traversing four states, more than 800 miles, we searched for the ultimate shot. This storm kicked out several lightning strikes, they were probably five minutes apart. Hardly worth firing the equipment over but it's pretty. Reporter: Very. We need to catch a lightning strike. They are five times holter than the sun and last less than 200 milliseconds. That was huge! Just as dusk is settling in, the break we need. Due north. All right. It is happening it's going to come right now. A classic thunderstorm, bursting with lightning. Pay dirt. Cg. 12:00. Reporter: We snag the image. A beautiful cloud to ground strike. Oh, my gosh. This is it? A new picture, the latest edition to the extraordinary images. But not the one he wants. He's still on the hunt. I'm not going to give up. I'm not going to give up until this is done. Reporter: Now, an average of 54 people are killed every year from lightning. You have a 1 in 10,000 chance, david, of being struck in your lifetime. It's really not something that we have to, you know, worry about, way down the road. This is something that happens every day and we are all at risk for. Ginger, our thanks to you. I know you'll have much more on

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