Between 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday, a number of lightning strikes were recorded within 300 miles of the North Pole. The lightning strikes were some of the farthest north recorded in Alaska forecast memory, according to the National Weather Service in Fairbanks.

The strikes happened near 85 degrees north, 120 degrees east which is less than 300 miles from the North Pole over the Arctic Ocean. The location was also about 700 miles north of the Lena River Delta in Siberia.

There have been accounts of lightning in the northern Arctic in the past. This particular event was special because it was detected using modern technology. The National Weather Service detected the strikes with the Global Lightning Dataset lightning detection network.

 

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