Lightning over DC

Really nasty storm tonight: at times the lightning flashes were so frequent that the night was more filled with a continuous electric strobe than it was with darkness, and the thunder was a continuous rumble. I sat by the window with my camera, taking videos and stills. At one point, an especially bright arc was followed by puffs of smoke from where the Capitol Dome would be if I could see it.

My camera, unfortunately, was rarely fast enough to catch the closest, most beautiful strokes. Still, it was worth watching the show. Here’s the best lightning photo I managed to snap:

(Lightning over DC uploaded by brownpau.)

Backup video: (Quicktime, 9 secs, 2.3MB, Sorenson codec)