Summer Lightning in Florida

August 09, 2014

Lightning.2014-06-20_11.36pmEDT.GNVAugust 2014 Viewer's Choice

Photographer: Howard L. Cohen
Summary AuthorHoward L. Cohen

Shown above is a photo of an amazing lightning display from active late evening thunderstorms in north-central Florida. It was taken at 11:36 on the night of June 20, 2014. Extensive cloud-to-cloud lightning, including numerous flashes of sheet lightning, brightly lit the skies around the city of Gainesville.

Stargazers already know that summer weather in Florida isn't very friendly to their avocation. Moist warm air rising over the Florida peninsula and intense daytime heating often result in thunderstorms with abundant lightning, especially during afternoons and evenings. As is typically the case with Florida's summer storms, the fireworks gradually diminish and by sunrise, clear blue skies prevail.

Photo Details: Canon DSLR EOS 5D Mark II camera; Canon 20-35 mm lens; f/3.5-4.5 USM at 28 mm; Equiv. ISO 200; 30 seconds exposure at f/11; image slightly cropped from original frame. Processed in Corel Paint Shop Pro X5.