Great Images of Flashes from September 11, 2017 Lightning Storm in San Francisco

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Great Images from September 11, 2017 Lightning Storm in San Francisco

I thought it would be fun to post a sequence of a lightning strike from the amazing lightening storm we had here in the San Francisco Bay Area on the night of September 11, 2017.

The elemental kingdom was going wild that night, with 7,000 lightning strikes over the few hours of the rare storm over the coast off of San Francisco.  You can read more details about the storm in this article Solaris Commentary: On Weather, Staying Centered, Choosing the Conscious Path and Miracles.

This article and the next one are about the lightning strikes themselves.  I had to split these two strikes in to two articles because of the number of flashes in each strike.  It was stunning but in the first strike, I was able to discern 8 distinct images of flashes, and this strike perhaps lasted 3/10 of a a second.  The images below are from the first strike, Lightning Sequence 1, and are stills from the video I shot of the strike in real time.

The second strike, Lightning Sequence 2, lasted about 1 and 3/10 or 4/10 of a second, but I was able to discern 20 distinct flashes and images from the strike!!  That is why there are two articles – so that they would each load quickly.  The article on the second strike is here:  The Sequence of the Storm – Stunning Stills of a Lightning Strike.

A Sequence of Images of From a Lightning Strike in the Sky During the Storm

The following images are stills from a video I shot during the lightning storm in San Francisco on the night of September 11, 2017.

This entire set of images are flashes from a lightning strike that occurred in about 3/10 of a second.

Still Shots of Flashes from Lightning Sequence 1 – Filmed at 9:27pm; San Francisco September 11, 2017

There were a few things that seemed particularly interesting to me about these flashes:

  • In some of the images where the sky appeared two different colors – a line divided the sky;
  • The lightning repeatedly struck the same location over and over;
  • The lightning made the same patterns repeatedly;
  • The lightning in this sequence twice appeared in the same shaped bolts as in other videos I took that evening.

Solaris Modalis Lightning San Francisco September 11 2017

Solaris Modalis Lightning San Francisco September 11 2017

Solaris Modalis Lightning San Francisco September 11 2017

Solaris Modalis Lightning San Francisco September 11 2017

Solaris Modalis Lightning San Francisco September 11 2017

Solaris Modalis Lightning San Francisco September 11 2017

Solaris Modalis Lightning San Francisco September 11 2017

Solaris Modalis Lightning San Francisco September 11 2017

An article on the website for the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper stated that there were 1,200 cloud-to-ground lightening strikes during the event, and 5,800 in cloud lightening strikes during the hours of the lightening event on the night of September 11, 2017, according to the National Weather Service.  That’s a total of 7,000 lightning strikes in a few hours.

I hope you have enjoyed these images. The shape of the lightning and the way it moves so rapidly in the sky is stunning.

Love, Solaris

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About Solaris

Solaris Modalis photographs the skies and watches the happenings there. From the changes in the sun, to communing with lightships, these are her passions. Her memories of a galactic life among the stars informs her work. Solaris shares her love of life and her wisdom, inspired by artistic photographs. After years of chasing people down to show them what was in her camera, she started this blog.

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