Seattle Sky Electric

:Seattle Sky Electric

Seattle Sky Electric

2012-07-09T02:52:29+00:00 July 9th, 2012|Uncategorized, Weather|4 Comments

:: They’re tendrils of light, wicked with amperes, coulombs and megajoules
:: A vision in voltage that sparked my night and then my morning,
:: Cracking the sky into pieces until it murmured, then crumbled into a cup of reverie.

I was awake for this 2am electrical storm over Seattle … one that didn’t stir a soul for its bare whisper of thunder. For more than an hour, these forks of lightning bolted across the sky, and I figured if I left my shutter open long enough, I’d capture one or two. I shot these images through my [not so clean] living room window, with my camera propped up on the window sill. Stats: 12mm (m.zuiko 12-50mm), ISO200, 15sec, f8. Triptych created in Photoshop.


I’ll leave you with this Lightning Safety Sheet (pdf) from the National Weather Service site. My favorite quote from it:

“Lightning laughs at two inches of rubber!”

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Seattle Lightning July 9, 2012

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  1. Mia McPherson July 10, 2012 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Love these images Ingrid, I can almost “feel” the storm!

  2. ingrid July 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Thanks, Mia. It was the most silent, prolonged electrical storm I’ve been in.

  3. John Raymond July 18, 2012 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Spectacular shots! Very nice colors-that middle on is unreal. Nice job!

    Amazing as we rarely get such a storm here : )
    I found 2 trees a day later that were hit by bolts, one was obliterated and split!

    • ingrid July 25, 2012 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      Thank you kindly, John. That storm was unreal … particularly all of the lightning in the context of no rain and very little thunder. I didn’t even pull out my camera right away because I thought it would be fleeting. And then, I thought it would end at any second. Finally, I just had to do something because it was persisting.

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