47 Photographs of Spectacular Lightning Storms

Do you love lightning storms? The calm beforehand and the cool, crisp air of the impending rain. The sweeping rumble of the thunder. The flashing and flickering lightning illuminating the sky.

Lightning occurs between clouds and the earth, but also between two clouds or even within a single cloud. With each bolt, the electrostatic charge gets equalized. Despite the danger lightning and severe storms can pose to humans and the environment, they create beautiful light shows.

Here are 47 photographs of magnificent lightning storms all around the world.

Sydney, Australia

lightning storm Sydney

Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela

lightning Lake Maracaibo, venezuela

F/A-18C Hornet Aircrafts

Lightning strikes behind F:A-18C Hornet

Toronto, Canada

Toronto thunderstorm

Cerro Paranal, Chile

lightning Cerro Paranal


lightning España

Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., U.S.

Lightning U.S. Capitol building Washington, D.C

Annandale, Virginia, U.S.

lightning Annandale

Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet

Lightning over the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet

Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver, Canada

Lightning  Kitsilano beach Vancouver

Zwickau, Germany

loud to cloud lightning Zwickau, Germany

Unna, Germany

thunderstorm above Unna, in Germany

Pritzerbe, Germany

lighning storm Pritzerbe Germany

Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.

Lightning Las Vegas

Madeira, Portugal

Thunderstorm Madeira, Portugal

Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia, Bulgaria

Zaragoza, Spain

lightning Saragossa

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

lightning Petronas Towers Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Columbia River, U.S.

Lightning on the Columbia River

Swifts Creek, Australia

Lightning strike at Swifts Creek

Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

Lightning bolts hitting Atlanta skyscrapers

Helsinki, Finland

lightning Helsinki 2

Tel Aviv, Israel

lightning  Tel-Aviv, Israel

India Gate, New Delhi

lightning India Gate, Delhi

Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Lightning over Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Esztergom Basilica, Russia

lightning strike Esztergom Basilica

Hazaribagh, India

lightning Hazaribagh

Johannesburg, South Africa

lightning Johannesburg South Africa

Madrid, Spain

lightning madrid, spain

Helsinki, Finland

lightning Helsinki 3

Manly, Australia

lightning Manly

Las Cruces, New Mexico, US

Lightning over Las Cruces, New Mexico

São Paulo, Brazil

lightning São Paulo, Brazil

NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida

lightning NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida

Hopfgarten, Germany

lightning Hopfgarten, Germany

Denver, Colorado, U.S.

lightning Denver

Helsinki, Finland

lightning Helsinki 1

Marquette, Kansas, US

lightning strike Marquette, Kansas

Mona Vale, Australia

Sunrise and lightning at Mona Vale

Victoria, Australia

cloud to cloud lightning Victoria, Australia

Glyfada, Athens, Greece

lightning Glyfada-Athens

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

lightning striking eiffel tower

Washington Monument, Washington, D.C., U.S.

Cherry Blossom Lightning Washington Monument

USS John C. Stennis Flight Deck

Lightning strikes over aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis flight deck

Schwerin, Germany

lightning Schwerin, Germany

Bangkok, Thailand

lightning Thailand:Bangkok

Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

lightning, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

Photographs from Wikimedia Commons

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