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Lightning Strikes

Updated on May 20, 2016

Alternate title: Lightning Strikes and Storms - A Pictures and Images Photo Gallery - Weather Images

Alternate title: Public Domain, Free Lightning Strikes and Storms Pictures, Photos, and Images.

Top 10 Lightning Strikes Pictures

These free, public domain weather lightning pictures, photos, and images of strikes and storms are from various government archives. As such, they usually don't show up in your average search engine results. It is hoped you enjoy them. Clicking on a picture provides additional options. As it turns out, we ended up with 15 photos instead of the usual 10. Sorry about that.

Feel free to use these lightning photos as wallpaper, background images, etc. or to collect on Pinterest and WeHeartIt. Images can also be cropped and used as avatars.

A lone lightning strike from a National Park Service webcam.

Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee.
Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee. | Source

Horizontal lightning and a rainbow

From NOAA's Illinois National Weather Service page.
From NOAA's Illinois National Weather Service page. | Source

Colorado lightning storm.

For Colorado, June is the worst month of the year. July and August are not far behind.
For Colorado, June is the worst month of the year. July and August are not far behind. | Source

A Virginia thunderstorm and lightning.

As far as Virginia is concerned, June thru August are the worst times, July being the peak..
As far as Virginia is concerned, June thru August are the worst times, July being the peak.. | Source

NASA did not say where or when this lightning storm is from.

NASA is crediting FEMA for this picture / image.
NASA is crediting FEMA for this picture / image. | Source

Lightning versus the space shuttle. It missed.

Lightning strikes near the space shuttle, Endeavour, on the launching pad. That could have been a very expensive lightning strike. Hopefully, NASA has all sorts of lightning rod equivalents surrounding same.
Lightning strikes near the space shuttle, Endeavour, on the launching pad. That could have been a very expensive lightning strike. Hopefully, NASA has all sorts of lightning rod equivalents surrounding same. | Source

This lightning strike is from Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

NOAA is crediting Wikipedia for this image / picture.
NOAA is crediting Wikipedia for this image / picture. | Source

Red sprites

These are called red sprites. They form between the tops of clouds and the ionosphere.
These are called red sprites. They form between the tops of clouds and the ionosphere. | Source

Simultaneous tornado and lightning strike.

NASA credits the National Weather Service with this lightning strike and tornado picture / image.
NASA credits the National Weather Service with this lightning strike and tornado picture / image. | Source

An unlucky tree indeed...

Note the houses immediately next door.
Note the houses immediately next door. | Source

Dual lightning strike in Florida.

Florida is the lightning capital of the US. June, July, and August being the worst months for thunderstorms.
Florida is the lightning capital of the US. June, July, and August being the worst months for thunderstorms. | Source

A lightning storm just walking along...

This one might be a NASA animation. Here's the page background URL, http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/details.cgi?aid=10985
This one might be a NASA animation. Here's the page background URL, http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/details.cgi?aid=10985 | Source

Simultaneous volcano eruption and lightning storm.

Chaitén Volcano in Chile in 2008.
Chaitén Volcano in Chile in 2008. | Source

This lighting strike picture / image is from NOAA News. Clicking the source URL takes you to a page on safety tips.

NOAA has a quote, "when thunder roars go indoors!"
NOAA has a quote, "when thunder roars go indoors!" | Source

A lightning storm indeed.

NASA did not state the location, but I'm sure the residents recognize it.
NASA did not state the location, but I'm sure the residents recognize it. | Source

According to NOAA, there are an average of 51 deaths per year in the US from lighting strikes. May all your lightning strikes be misses.

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    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      I love all of these photos. Real beautiful for this hub. Voted up!

    • SmartAndFun profile image

      SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

      Very cool photos, Para. Nice idea for a hub, too. I love the one from a Virginia storm!