Storm Over Great Salt Lake, Utah

May 20, 2014


Photographer: Chris Watson
Summary AuthorChris Watson
The photo above shows a strong convective storm over the Great Salt Lake, Utah. It was taken from near Tooele, Utah, on the night of April 13, 2014. No cloud-to-ground lightning bolts were observed with this storm; only in-cloud or cloud-to-cloud lightning, shown here illuminating Antelope Island -- the silhouetted land mass at center. Cloud-to-cloud lightning results when a thunderhead (storm top) is positively charged and the base of the storm cloud is negatively charged. Note the yellowish lights of Salt Lake City at right (east-northeast), providing an interesting contrast between natural and artificial light.
Photo details: Sony SLT-A77V camera; Samyang 14mm lens; f/5.6; 200 ISO; 30 second exposure; taken at 10:45 p.m. Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.4 (Windows).