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Updated on August 20, 2014

Thunderstorm Pictures: Capturing the Power of Nature

Thousands of thunderstorms occur each year. They can be powerful supercells which threaten everything in their path with incredible winds, lashing rain, hail, and intense electrical activity; or at the other end of the spectrum, may not even result in any rainfall as it evaporates before hitting the ground.

While the monster thunderstorm can create fascination with it's destructive power, many merely soothe us with their more distant thunder and interesting light display. It's important to respect any thunderstorm, but their beauty can also be recognized. On this page you can appreciate them through the various thunderstorm pictures and enjoy the sounds of a summer storm.

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This image shows multiple lightning strikes occurring simultaneously beyond the city's edge. The night scene shows the strength and size of a powerful thunderstorm dwarfing even a large city as it passes across the darkened sky.

This image was captured by Ralph Wetmore.


Across the expanse of a Kansas wheat field, this looming thunderstorm threatens everything in it's path. With blackened clouds obscuring the sun and a bolt of lightning crashing to the ground, it appears nothing could match it's ferocity.

Cotton Coulson took this photograph.


This scene is an eerie one with a distant thunderstorm ahead casting a strange glow across the sky and the entire landscape. The viewer is left with the sense that there's no escape from the turbulence waiting for them further down the road.


This photograph was taken by Daryl Benson. It's an otherworldly view of Milford Sound Lake in New Zealand. The hovering thunderstorm provides a spectacular light show which is reflected in the lake.


A dark and stormy night. A single beacon of light punctuates the darkness from a lonely lighthouse on the edge of the sea. Then, a flash of lightning. This image stirs the imagination, conjuring up images that both frighten and excite.


Photographer Randy Olson captured this image of the massive thunderhead of a summer storm. The torrential rains pound the landscape beneath the clouds as the sun shines through on the opposite side, showing the viewer both the incredible force of the storm and it's transient nature.


In this image, the dramatic display of thunder and lightning is on full display but the subsequent rain may be an unfulfilled promise. The shot shows the dry, High Desert north of Phoenix, Arizona with a storm approaching.


This is another one of the thunderstorm pictures of an urban area which highlights the immensity of some electrical storms. This one shows the glittering San Francisco skyline in the foreground with lighting bolts crashing over the hills surrounding Oakland, California.


This photograph captures a thunderstorm rolling over the ocean. The somber gray clouds above and darked waters below accentuate the brilliant flashes of lightning in the background.


This panoramic shot depicts one of the darkest skies imaginable with low rolling clouds hovering just above a golden field.


Photographer Kenneth Garrett took this shot of a thunderstorm pummeling an open field with both torrential rain and a bolt of lightning.


This image captured by photographer, Annie Griffiths Belt, makes the viewer aware of their vulnerability. With nowhere to hide on this North Dakota plain, a large thunderstorm looms ahead at the end of a tiny country road.


In this photograph, a heavy thunderstorm has hit an urban area. The viewer is in traffic, trying to make his way to the safety of home, but with the downpour obscuring his vision and the tail lights ahead signalling a slow down, safety may be some time away.

This image was captured by photographer, Sisse Brimberg.


This photo places the viewer along a drenched lane in the middle of a storm. With no let up in sight, taking cover and waiting it out is the only choice.

Brian Gordon Green is the photographer.


Photographer Gareth Rockliffe captured this picture of a pending thunderstorm hovered over the water; the proverbial calm before the storm. This shot was taken near Beverly, Massachusetts, USA.


This is another one of the thunderstorm pictures memorialized by photographer Gareth Rockliffe. This one was shot near the shoreline of Magnolia, Massachusetts.

Learn More About Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms are created by Cumulonimbus clouds which can be tremendous formations that vault into the atmosphere as high as 12 miles. All thunderstorms of course, involve lightning. Some also include heavy winds and hail, while others, such as super cells, spawn tornado activity. Lightning is a powerful force. It can strike 10 miles or more away from the rain activity. A bolt of lightning reaches a temperature of 50,000 degree Fareheit instantly.

For those who observe heat lightning, this is actually a distant thunderstorm. We are simply unable to hear the thunder as it's too far away. If you hear thunder, then you're generally close enough to potentially be struck by the lightning. To estimate the distance, simply count the seconds from the time you see the burst of light until the time you hear the thunder. Divide this number by five and you'll get an idea of how many miles away it is.

Despite the dangerous nature of lightning, flash flooding is actually considered to be the more destructive result of a heavy thunderstorm. Hail too can be very damaging, as the larger hailstones can fall to earth at a velocity of 100 miles per hour. Winds in excess of 100 miles per hour can bring down large trees and are sometimes present with large storms.

Thunderstorms can be a fascinating thing to study. You can find many interesting facts about them in this Sky-Fire.tv article or for more indepth information, you can look for a book below.

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      recyclinrob 4 years ago

      Lots of great storm photos on this lens!

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      You have wonderful pictures which show the Power of Nature, and suggest the potential of distraction.

      It is not a lot we can do about it but it is better to be informed and educated about the force of nature. Blessings!

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      attraction 42 4 years ago

      What a wonderful picture. The magic of nature ...

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      yayas 6 years ago

      Beautiful, beautiful photos. We often have high winds with rain an' lightning. I usually enjoy most of it. When it comes to handling the noise, though, I usually run in to where my hubby is an' ask if he's alight. That way, I don't hafta' sit by myself an' wonder if the house will survive. Don't tell him I told you so, but I don't think my hubby is fooled by that tactic.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i think those pics r so freakin cool hat eto be there

      storms pics scare me sometimes

      cause....................

      I HATE STORMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ):

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @oneskms: ur such a stupid person for thinking that stuff pop star they were great pics but ur such a dummy now my comment for the pics of the storms i would hate to be in any of them ......

      I HATE STORMS!!!!!!! ):

      they r like so freakin scary

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: ur stupid for thinking that i hate a good storm

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      bchadra lm 6 years ago

      Awesome pictures on one of my favorite topics!

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      How I love the power and majesty of a good storm viewed from a safe place. Have always wanted to capture some spectacular lightning bolts on film. Enjoyed this multisensory experience.

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      itsmegian 6 years ago

      who knows thunderstorms could be this good

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      Heidi Reina 6 years ago from USA

      Amazing thunderstorm pics. I love a good storm! Blessed by a Squid Angel ~

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      LadyJasmine LM 6 years ago

      Beautiful Pictures!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      thanks i have learnt a lot from you today

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: thanks i have learnt a lot

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oh, I LOVE this lens! These pictures are amazing and stunning. Here in Arizona we have great appreciation for rain and I personally love thunderstorms.

      I keep trying to find that kitty lens but every time I go back to your lensmaster page I find something else I want to see. :D

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I LOVE Thunderstorms and always enjoy looking at pictures of lightning flashes and huge supercell thunderclouds. I've seen, in person, a stormy sky looking across a Kansas wheat field. You can see for miles and actually watch the T-storm approach. Nice.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      very wounderful

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i love a good storm to girlfriend

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      Brian Stephens 7 years ago from France

      Fabulous photographs, I have been trying to capture a lightening flash for quite a while now but so far unsuccessfully. I think after having seen these that I am going to renew my efforts because once you actually manage it the results are spectacular.

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Amazing stuff!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Some great storm pics. Great lens.

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      oneskms 8 years ago

      Some great pics, mother nature at her best

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      ginnyl52 8 years ago

      These are incredible shots!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      I love of good storm.

      5* and lensroll to Thunder and Lightning.

      Lizzy

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I AM JUST A BIG FAN OF THUNDERSTORMS AND I LOVE HOW THEY REVOLVE AND HOW THEY CAN JUST PRODUCE TORNADOES

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I AM JUST A BIG FAN OF THUNDERSTORMS AND I LOVE HOW THEY REVOLVE AND HOW THEY CAN JUST PRODUCE TORNADOES

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      Winter52 LM 8 years ago

      Those are amazing photos. I love to sit and watch a storm just in case I see something this amazing... now the thunder scares me silly! 5* coming your way! I think that I have been here before, bought I was drawn back again. :)

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great Info! The colors in these Thunderstorm Pictures are brilliant! It's hard to believe they are real! I enjoy learning about weather. Thanks! :)

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      Zut Moon 8 years ago

      WOW ..Those photographs are incredible. I wish we had thunder and lightning storms here in Canada ... just joking of course.

      Actually I am only here by the Grace of God. We were just leaving a building one day and for whatever reason, we backtracked to where we had come from and within a few seconds, a lightning bolt hit very close to where we had been standing. God only knows what the result would have been.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Another beautiful page and a blessing.

      I have to say I love thunderstorms, at least when I am safe and sound in one.

      They are somehow exhilarating.

      We put new windows on our house and I cannot here the wind storms anymore. (That's good but I do miss hearing the storm!)

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      irenemaria 8 years ago from Sweden

      Beautiful - Powerful and Stunning photos! 5*

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great images, these are very cool. Thunderstorms have always fascinated me. Squid Angel blessed!

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Incredible images, mulberry! 5*s and a SquidAngel Blessing. :-)