Amidst the stormy weather in San Francisco bay area, lightning struck the South tower of the famous Golden Gate Bridge. A photographer was lucky to capture the dramatic moment.
Lightning storms rarely occur in the bay area as it usually has “the chillest weather,” as mentioned on City Lab. So when a downpour caused lightning strikes in the area on Monday morning, freelance photographer Charles Hall knew that he must not miss the chance to see it.
“Lightning and thunder—I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen that in San Francisco over the last ten years,” Hall said.
The 38-year-old photographer went to his balcony and quickly set up his “umbrella-covered” camera facing the Golden Gate Bridge.
According to the site, Hall’s instinct was to “shoot every second.” It all paid off as he was lucky enough to get a “fantastic shot.” Hall exclaimed, “I couldn’t believe it. I was like, is this real?”
His photo went viral on the web and was even included in the “Pictures of the Day” of The New York Times.
See his photo here:
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City Lab noted that the weather system which caused lightning strikes also brought enough rains in the dry areas of California. The Sierra Nevadas, which was observed to be critical in snow cover, has received 9 inches of snow.
The National Weather Service confirmed that the Bay area got more than 500 lightning strikes, Los Angeles Times wrote. As it moved towards the Southern part, the prevailing weather system weakened. However, light rain showers are still expected to occur in parts of South California until Tuesday morning.
On Wednesday, temperature in the area is expected to rise by 5 degrees and the “gradual warming trend” shall be experienced until Saturday.
“We’ll have to keep our eye out because we’ll probably get some drying,” said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist from the National Weather Service.