When watching the NASA channel (such as on YouTube) you see clouds and occasionally land forms. Why is it we never see electric storms on Earth ?

  • $\begingroup$ Can you edit your question and explain what you mean with electronic storms? Maybe add links? $\endgroup$
    – user10509
    Aug 15, 2018 at 8:34
  • $\begingroup$ I think you mean electric storms? An electronic storm would be something quite different $\endgroup$
    – Jack
    Aug 15, 2018 at 8:45
  • $\begingroup$ I've edited the question to clarify, please rollback if I've misinterpreted what you're asking! $\endgroup$
    – Jack
    Aug 15, 2018 at 10:17

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We do!

This footage shows a (sped up) view from the ISS passing over China, Korea and Japan with widespread lightning visible. Another beautiful example is this annotated image of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait taken from the ISS, showing city a lightning storm between the city lights:

Photograph from ISS showing Hafar Al Batin, Khafji, Kuwait city and a thunderstorm at night Image Credit: NASA

Since lightning strikes occur 40-50 times per second over the surface of the Earth, if you watch the ISS livestream for long enough and the viewing conditions are good (ie. it's easier to see lightning on the night-side), you're bound to see some.

  • $\begingroup$ If the ISS flew in a low-inclination orbit, you'd see a lot more of these storms on the footage... $\endgroup$
    – Digger
    Aug 18, 2018 at 15:25

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