Two weeks ago a storm came through Toronto unlike anything I have ever seen before in this region. My home town rarely has a storm worth taking note of. This was nothing like the wind storms that Hurricane Irene brought to the east coast later the same week (check out these posts from these other audio blogs for some great recordings from the path of Irene), this storm had little to no wind and the rain was falling steady but not in sheets or in massive quantities. This storm was unique because of all the thunder and lightning. Lightning was illuminating the night sky almost constantly. It was a light show unlike any other I have seen.
I have witnessed some crazy storms while traveling, I was once on the Island of Isla Mujeres in Mexico and a storm came in that blew my mind. The whole island was flooded under two feet of water in a matter of minutes. There were some great tropical storms while I was in Belize as well, but they never had a light show to match this storm. The lightning was so sharp and bright that the video camera I used to try to record the night sky could not handle the sudden bursts of light and displayed crazy video artifacts.
Here are a couple stills from the video.