Lightning and the Eiffel Tower

August 02, 2022



Photographer: Bertrand Kulik 

Summary Author: Bertrand Kulik;

The photo above showing a forked lightning stroke near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, was captured during a thunderstorm on May 15, 2022. From the balcony of my apartment window (in District 15), this cloud-to-ground bolt appeared to be a much-distorted outline of the famed tower itself. At 916 ft (279 m) in height and hundreds of feet higher than any nearby structure, the Eiffel Tower is not only the visual focal point of Paris but is one of the most eye-catching objects of any city anywhere in the world. On average, it's the target of lightning strikes about 10-times per year

Photo details: Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera; EF 50 mm; f/1.8 STM; ƒ/13.0; 50.0 mm; 2 50.


Paris, France Coordinates: 48.856614, 2.352222

Related Links:

The Eiffel Lightning Rod

Bertrand’s Flickr Site