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The NWS lightning safety photo gallery is an ongoing effort to showcase local weather photos while educating the public about weather hazards and phenomena. We are gratefully accepting images of lightning.


Ellie look through hole lightning burned in deck

Lincoln, Montana at Krohn Lake, June 24-25, 2014. Photo by Janet Sholder

bison struck by lightning Photo by Karen Viste-Sparkman, USFWS. Learn more about Sparky's amazing story of survival.

Dead cows by metal fence
Photo Courtesy
Ruth Lyon-Bateman

Dead cows by metal fence: long shot
Photo Courtesy
Ruth Lyon-Bateman

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Thank you for your interest in the NWS Lightning Safety Website. When sending digital images, please include the following: See our privacy policy:

  • Photographer's name and email address
  • State and nearest city or other geographic description
  • Date photo was taken
  • Sentence stating you are the rightful owner of the image and grant NWS the right to place it in the public domain. This means that your photo or video may be downloaded, copied, and used by others.
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  • The National Weather Service (NOAA/NWS) offers no compensation for the images
  • The use of any images by NOAA/NWS does not does not constitute an endorsement by the NWS of any information, products, or services.
  • The submitted images can be used by NOAA/NWS or anyone else for lightning safety and related uses.
  • Images are selected based on uniqueness and appropriateness.
  • Images may be added to or removed from the on-line Photo Gallery from time to time.
  • if we receive complaints of copyright infringement, the image in question will be immediately removed from NOAA/NWS Web sites