Amazing Photos Capture Rare Lightning Storm Over San Francisco

A series of unusual nighttime thunderstorms lit up the skies of Northern California on Monday night, and photographers across the area captured the stunning show.

1. “Lightning like this is almost unheard of, especially in the summer,” Mike Konvolinka said with this stunning photo in Pacifica, Calif.

2. The storms were captured over San Francisco near the iconic Sutro Tower.

5. The bolts lit up San Francisco’s SOMA district.

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6. Lightning was seen across the San Francisco Bay.

7. And over San Bruno Mountain.

8. Lightning could be seen from AT&T Park while the Giants played.

Lightening at the Giants game. #sfgiants

— Dean Fisk (@deanfisk)

Dean Fisk


Lightening at the Giants game. #sfgiants

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10. From Tilden Park in the Berkeley Hills just before sunset.

11. And from San Francisco’s Potrero Hill overlooking San Bruno.

12. Lightning could be seen mixing with a layer of fog in the Bernal Heights neighborhood.

13. Dry lightning was caught across the San Mateo area.

15. And San Jose.

17. Even in Emeryville.

18. The National Weather Service recorded more than 11,000 lightning strikes across the area throughout the evening.

19. But despite all the storms in the sky, very little rain actually fell.

Despite all of the storms, 0.12" in #Sunnyvale is the highest rainfall report from this evening. #bayareawx

— NWSBayArea (@NWSBayArea)



Despite all of the storms, 0.12” in #Sunnyvale is the highest rainfall report from this evening. #bayareawx

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Jon Passantino is a deputy news director for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
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