Not nearly as thrilling as storm chasing, but still challenging, is the idea of hunting for sprites, a hard-to-see, unusual type of lightning.
Sprites are virtually impossible to see from the ground because they are obscured by storm clouds, last only a few thousandths of a second and are relatively faint red in color.
Having said that, you can actually go sprite hunting — from the ground. And if you're patient enough to watch for meteors during meteor showers, you may have the makings of a sprite hunter. Here are tips from the University of Alaska: http://elf.gi.alaska.edu/
Their suggestions in a nutshell:
• On a night when powerful thunderstorms are forecast, head to a remote area about 100 miles to 200 miles away from the storm.
• Position yourself so that the storm is on the horizon and no clouds or lights obscure your view.
• Allow your eyes to adjust to the dark and try not to be distracted by the actual flashes of ground-level lightning.
• Watch for quick flashes of red high above the storm.
According to researchers at the University of Alaska, sprite hunters have a realistic chance of success.
Keep in mind that sprites only occur with about 10 percent of storms — those that are most powerful.