Multiple Lightning Strikes Near Big Water, Utah

November 17, 2015

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Photographer: David Rankin 
Summary AuthorDavid Rankin

Van2The four lightning bolts shown above remarkably struck the ground at the same instant during a strong thunderstorm a few weeks ago in southern Utah. An inflow of rich, low-level moisture enhanced by upper atmosphere support produced torrential rains accompanied by an amazing lightning display. The runoff from these storms topped Highway 89 in southern Utah, pushing vehicles off of the highway (photo at left), and causing massive damage to a campground in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Luckily nobody was seriously injured. Photo taken on October 5, 2015.


Photo Details: Canon EOS 6D camera; 50mm F2 lens;  F6; ISO 50; 10 second exposure. Photo is a single image -- not a composite.