The Lightning Grief

TV NoiseJohn Takao Collier writes:

Bizarre scientific things seem to happen to me between 4 and 5 am.

A couple of nights ago, a thunderstorm rolled in around 4:30 am.  The approaching storm woke me up, but basic laziness kept me from jumping out of bed to check for basketball-sized hail or untethered houses flying by. I laid in bed with my eyes closed, listening to the thunder getting closer and closer.  Then something very strange happened – across my visual field (or whatever you would call it, given that  I was “seeing” the darkness of the inside of my eyelids)  a moving pattern of random black and white specks, very much like television snow, flickered for a fraction of a second.

My immediate reaction was “Oh oh, the next one is gonna be really clo…”

CRACK!

The damn thing sounded like it was right outside my window.  It’s a good thing that I have adequate bladder control.

A minute or two later, when the spike of adrenaline wore off, I started to wonder just what had occurred.  Was my optic nerve, or the visual center in my brain, momentarily zapped by the nearby electrostatic field?  Did I briefly channel a vision from an alien analog TV?  Did I eat too much garlic the night before?

Recently, magnetically induced hallucinations were suggested as an explanation for  ball lightning, so perhaps my visual cortex was temporarily overloaded by lightning-induced magnetic fields.  Maybe lightning is attracted to garlic (sort of like an anti-vampire).

The next day, I did an Google search for “lightning” and “television snow” (and similar search terms)  but didn’t get any hits.  So, I’m curious if anyone else has experienced this phenomenon.  I ask my gentle readers, have any of you had a similar “TV snow” effect during a thunderstorm?  Comment away.

  • http://www.welldash.com Dr. WHO

    I have hallucinated in the early hours of the morning and seen black specks cross my path of vision, but never during a thunderstorm.

    Personally speaking when I am sleep deprived or stressed out I have mild audio and visual hallucinations.

  • http://www.welldash.com Dr. WHO

    I have hallucinated in the early hours of the morning and seen black specks cross my path of vision, but never during a thunderstorm.

    Personally speaking when I am sleep deprived or stressed out I have mild audio and visual hallucinations.

  • http://bartacus.blogspot.com/ BL

    I was at a friend’s house when a bolt of lightning crashed into a tree right outside the window. Not sure if this qualifies as a hallucination or not, but for a brief moment, it seemed that I was seeing the room as a “negative” (for those of us who still remember taking pictures with film). The effect went away, but the visual and the noise made a great impression on me.

    Stay grounded out there,

    /b

  • http://bartacus.blogspot.com/ BL

    I was at a friend’s house when a bolt of lightning crashed into a tree right outside the window. Not sure if this qualifies as a hallucination or not, but for a brief moment, it seemed that I was seeing the room as a “negative” (for those of us who still remember taking pictures with film). The effect went away, but the visual and the noise made a great impression on me.

    Stay grounded out there,

    /b

  • Occam

    DON’T go into the light!

  • Occam

    DON’T go into the light!

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