Lightning event of September 14-15, 2000

Lightning in Virginia from 11:00 P.M. on 9/14 through 4:00 A.M. on 9/15
(click on thumbnails for larger image)


Thumbnail 1 - Thunderstorms developed over western Virginia and tracked into the Farmville area before 11:00 P.M., with almost 600 strikes between 10:00 P.M. and 11:00 P.M.

Thumbnail 2 - The storms moved into Amelia and Lunenburg Counties between 11:00 P.M. and midnight, with almost 1000 strikes during the hour.

Thumbnail 3 - Between midnight and 1:00 A.M., the storms expanded to the Richmond and Chesterfield areas, with some scattered storms in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.  Over 1400 strikes occurred during the hour.

Thumbnail 4 - The storms extended from Dinwiddie, through Tri-Cities through the eastern sections of the Richmond area into the Northern Neck.  Over 2500 strikes occurred between 1:00 A.M. and 2:00 A.M.

Thumbnail 5 - Between 2:00 A.M. and 3:00 A.M., the storms reached from Emporia, through the Tri-Cities area, Prince George, and offshore the Northern Neck, into the Chesapeake Bay.  Over 2700 lightning strikes occurred during the hour.

Thumbnail 6 - The storms moved into the Peninsula, extending northeast through the Chesapeake Bay to the Virginia and Lower Maryland Eastern Shore.  Over 2600 strikes occured during the hour between 3:00 A.M. and 4:00 A.M.

Lightning in the Lower Maryland Eastern Shore from 3:00 A.M. to 5:00 A.M. on 9/15


Thumbnail 1 - Thunderstorms moved into the Lower Maryland Eastern Shore, reaching the Salisbury, Crisfield and Princess Anne areas before 3:00 A.M.   Around 1400 lightning strikes occurred between 2:00 A.M. and 3:00 A.M.

Thumbnail 2 - As the storms moved toward the coast, nearly 2200 strikes occurred between 3:00 A.M. and 4:00 A.M.

Thumbnail 3 - There was a little bit of trailing thunderstorm activity around Salisbury between 4:00 A.M. and 5:00 A.M., but most of the storms were moving offshore Ocean City and Chincoteague.  Over 1100 lightning strikes occurred during the hour.

Important Notes

  • Plus signs are lightning strikes of positive polarity
  • Minus signs are lightning strikes of negative polarity
  • Some cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-air lightning strokes can be interpreted as cloud-to-ground if the ground sensor detects it
  • For more information on lightning, go to