Seattle Skylines - rickmorleyphotos

"Lightning Strikes Thrice" A very rare, Great Plains-like lightning storm of historic proportions over Seattle in July of 1984 which did significant damage to many power poles and transformers around town. This shot was one of one hundred taken during the storm and probably at its peak. The bolts are sequential from right to left and show how the cloud recharged itself over time...the first strike on the right is a bruiser, the second rather weak. The heavy bolt on the left actually hit a utility crane which was positioned atop the Columbia Center building and knocked out its wiring. How do I know? The crane operator happened by the Market some time later and told about me about showing up to work and finding his crane "fried".