Some people chug miniature bottles of red wine and hope to pass out on their evening flights. Others, like YouTube denizen markopenguin, whip out the night-vision goggles and capture incredible views of storms that rival the bombing of Baghdad for stomach-punching intensity.
The penguin man was flying on Aug. 3 from Jackson, Miss., to Huntsville in Alabama when he noticed the window to his left lighting up like a Chinese New Year. Having in his possession a night-vision monocle and Samsung GALAXY Tab, he was in a prime position to document the aerial fireworks. That is one heck of an anvil-looking cloud lurking outside the window; perhaps it was the same one responsible for the people-trapping trees and fires in Alabama that night.
Stick around for the 4:15 mark, when blue jets shooting up into space from the top of the thunderclouds seem to make an impressive appearance. Says the videographer:
I'm very thankful to have been far enough away from those storms to have enjoyed getting to watch them without having to fight them! Within a couple hours of this video being taken, power was knocked out for much of town when the storms finally reached Huntsville! It even blew a Boeing 747 off its chocks and slid the nose 29 feet into a set of stairs causing significant damage!
Hat tip to ABC7's Alex Liggitt for finding this great video, which you can see after the jump.