Here’s a Bolt of Lightning Striking the Empire State Building

A lightning bolt and the Empire State Building. Here’s what it looks like when the two collide.

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A thunderstorm is hitting New York City right now and Henrik Moltke of the Intercept just grabbed this timelapse of a bolt of lightning coming right for the Empire State Building. It’s not exactly a rare event—the construction of the building makes it a lightning rod for the area. Lightning strikes the building a few dozen times a year, sometimes even multiple times in a single day.

Still, it’s a pretty stunning look at what the skies can rain down on us, when they so choose.


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