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A giant bolt of lightning strikes Indonesia's Mount Merapi in 2010. (Photos: Merapi Volcano Ash Smothers Indonesian Villages.) "We sometimes refer to [volcanic plumes] as dirty thunderstorms," Stephen McNutt said. But, he added, there's a lot more lightning in the ash plumes than is visible in the pictures. "That's because ash clouds are opaque."

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A giant bolt of lightning strikes Indonesia's Mount Merapi in 2010. (Photos: Merapi Volcano Ash Smothers Indonesian Villages.) "We sometimes refer to [volcanic plumes] as dirty thunderstorms," Stephen McNutt said. But, he added, there's a lot more lightning in the ash plumes than is visible in the pictures. "That's because ash clouds are opaque."

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Lightning branches out from behind a veil of ash clouds at Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano in April 2010. Photograph by David Jon, NordicPhotos/Getty Images

Lightning branches out from behind a veil of ash clouds at Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano in April 2010. Photograph by David Jon, NordicPhotos/Getty Images

lightning strikes - the waterfall of the gods / Goðafoss Iceland Nikon D810 with 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S NIKKOR

lightning strikes - the waterfall of the gods / Goðafoss Iceland Nikon D810 with 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S NIKKOR

♥ Eyjafjallajokull volcano Iceland - This is the volcano that kept Nye from coming back from Iraq on time!!!

♥ Eyjafjallajokull volcano Iceland - This is the volcano that kept Nye from coming back from Iraq on time!!!

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