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Lightning Photos

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.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING NOTES BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR IMAGES.
golf course with lightning strike
Green on 15th hole at The Champions Course at Weeks Park in Wichita Falls,TX. The photo shows how lightning spreads out along the ground, something called "ground current." Photo by Anthony Dodge, The Champions Course at Weeks Park.

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lightning in Las Vegas
Looking southeast over the Las Vegas, NV, valley from Centennial Hills during a severe thunderstorm. Photo by David Lund, 2013,
Lightning in Temescal Valley, CA, 2005
Temescal Valley, CA
Photo courtesy of Willi Wilkens
Lightning in Temescal Valley, CA, 2005
Temescal Valley, CA
Photo courtesy of Willi Wilkens
lightning burns hole in deck

Lincoln, Montana at Krohn Lake, June 24-25, 2014. Photo
lightning burns hole in deck

Lincoln, Montana at Krohn Lake, June 24-25, 2014. Photo by Janet Sholder
lightning burns hole in deck

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

Multiple Lightning strikes at night strike
Photo Courtesy of Richard Melnick.
Taken near Edgewood, NM , 2004

three flashes in night sky
Photo Courtesy of Oklahoma Lightning,
Photo by Charles Allison
cityscape with multiple lightning strikes
Photo Courtesy of
ArizonaLightning.com
purple flash with spreading arms
Photo Courtesy
of Oklahoma Lightning,
Photo by Charles Allison
see caption below
Photo Courtesy of Sam Barricklow
see caption below
Photo Courtesy of Sam Barricklow
see caption below
Photo Courtesy of Sam Barricklow
Mt. Cheaha, Alabama, 2007
Photo Courtesy of Cindy Kuehn,
Oxford AL
lightning near Moultrie, GA, 2007
Photo Courtesy of Rick Lipscomb, August 11, 2007, 9:49:15 pm, northern Colquitt County, north of of Moultrie, GA.
Lightning strikes at sunset with heavy clouds
Photo Courtesy of Richard Melnick.
Taken near Madrid, NM, 2004
see caption below
Photo Courtesy of Sam Barricklow
Multiple Lightning Strikes at Night
Photo Courtesy of Harald Edens
Taken near Socorro, NM,, 2003.
lightning strike over Cohasset Harbor, MA
Photo Courtesy of
Jesse Rudavski

Lightning over town
Photo Courtesy of
Associated Press/World Wide Photos

Double Strike of Lightning
Photo Courtesy of

Jesse Rudavski

Lightning over cityscape
Photo Courtesy of Richard Melnick
Taken near Sandia Crest, NM overlooking Albuquerque, 2004

Lightning strike at night
Photo Courtesy of
James Minot, Slater IA

single strike near power lines
Photo Courtesy of
Jesse Rudavski

dual lightning strike
Photo Courtesy
of Oklahoma Lightning,
Photo by Charles Allison
Lightning in Pennsylvania's night sky
Photo Courtesy of: Ray Hrabos
Taken at Flagstaff Hill, North Park, Allegheny County, PA, June 22, 2006, 3:10 AM

Lightning at night
Photo Courtesy of
James Minot, Slater IA

space shuttle with lightningPhoto Courtesy NASA

Single branched strike
Photo Courtesy of Harald Edens
Taken near Socorro, NM, 2003.
Long distance Lightning
Long distance Lightning
Photo Courtesy of Oklahoma Lightning,
Photo by Charles Allison

single bolt of lightning behind open field at night sky
Photo Courtesty of Kayla Terry
Huntsville, AL, 5-10-07

Lightning StrikePhoto Courtesy Steven Vanderburg, NOAA

Forked Lightning
Photo Courtesy of Paul Hadfield, near Forsyth, IL

Ground to Cloud Lightning
Ground to Cloud Lightning
Photo Courtesy of Oklahoma Lightning, Photo by Charles Allison
Dead cows by metal fence: long shot
Photo Courtesy
Ruth Lyon-Bateman
Sideways lightning!
Sideways lightning!
Photo Courtesy
of Oklahoma Lightning,
Photo by Charles Allison
Tower in Tennessee with lightning
Photo Courtesy of Oklahoma Lightning,
Photo by Charles Allison
dual flash in night sky
Photo Courtesy
of Oklahoma Lightning,
Photo by Charles Allison

Bolt near Rainbow
Photo Courtesy of James Gluba, Bloomington, IL

remains of shattered pine tree hit by lightning
Photo Courtesy National Lightning Safety Institute

plane hit by lightning with link to video Colorado Lightning Resource Center. Plane hit by lightning

Split lightning bolt
Photo Courtesy of
James Minot, Slater IA

Several Ground to Cloud strokes from one flash.
Several Ground to Cloud strokes from one flash.
Photo Courtesy
of Oklahoma Lightning,
Photo by Charles Allison

remains of shattered pine tree hit by lightning
Photo Courtesy
National Lightning Safety Institute
man standing near power lines with lightning striking
Photo Courtesy of
Jesse Rudavski
lightning in gold night sky
Photo Courtesy of Douglas Berry
lightning in pink night sky with clouds
Photo Courtesy of Douglas Berry
lightning in purple night sky with clouds
Photo Courtesy of Douglas Berry
lightning in pink sky over water
Photo Courtesy of Douglas Berry
lightning in gold night sky
Photo Courtesy of Douglas Berry
forked lightning in pink sky with clouds over water
Photo Courtesy of Douglas Berry
lightning in dark pink  night sky with clouds
Photo Courtesy ofDouglas Berry

lightning in pink sky over waterPhoto Courtesy of Douglas Berry

Branched lightning in brown sky
Photo Courtesy of Douglas Berry
Lightning Strike with Fireworks
Photo Courtesy of R.R. Best,
near Arthur, IL
lightning in grey sky with clouds
Photo Courtesy of Douglas Berry
lightning in orange sky with clouds
Photo Courtesy of Douglas Berry
multiple lightning flahses with blue sky and barn
Photo Courtesy of Douglas Berry
lightning in blue sky
Photo Courtesy of Douglas Berry
Multiple Lightning strikes at night strike
Photo Courtesy of Richard Melnick.
Taken near Edgewood, NM , 2004

multiple strikes at night
Photo Courtesy of Douglas Berry

multiple lightning strikes

Photo Courtesy of Douglas Berry

shelf lightning in distance
Photo Courtesy of Douglas Berry

multiple lightning strikes
Photo Courtesy of Douglas Berry
bolt from the blue photo and link to more photosGround to Cloud Lightning
Photo Courtesy
of Oklahoma Lightning,
Photo by Charles Allison
Lightning in Temescal Valley, CA, 2005
Temescal Valley, CA
Photo courtesy of Willi Wilkens
Lightning in Temescal Valley, CA, 2005
Temescal Valley, CA
Photo courtesy of Willi Wilkens
lightning near Moultrie, GA, 2007
Photo Courtesy of Rick Lipscomb, August 11, 2007, 9:49:15 pm, northern Colquitt County, north of of Moultrie, GA.
Mt. Cheaha, Alabama, 2007
Photo Courtesy of Cindy Kuehn,
Oxford AL
single strike near power lines
Photo Courtesy of

Jesse Rudavski
   

 

 

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