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Lightning striking the Gateway Arch twice - August 27, 2014
VIDEO: Lightning strikes the Gateway Arch twice, August 27
Lightning struck the Gateway Arch twice on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. The first was a direct cloud-to-ground strike, the second an upward lightning leader in response to another close strike nearby. These are both still frames from the HD video.
Lightning strikes the Gateway Arch on August 27, 2014
Prints: You can order a small print of the above image by clicking here. (Keep in mind that this is a 1920x1080 pixel frame from hd video, so the size/quality of the print will not be the same as a shot from a still camera.)
Upward leader from the Arch as a close lightning strike hits nearby:
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More lightning behind the Arch later in the afternoon (click to enlarge):
I have been covering St. Louis storms intensively since January of 2010, and this is the first Arch strike I've captured. I left early from a business trip in Charleston, WV at 8AM CDT that morning, and made it to downtown St. Louis with only moments to spare. This happened about 10 minutes after I arrived and got set up. Every minute counts in storm photography/chasing!
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