Bay Area Gets Front-Row Seats to Lightning Show

Dozens of lightning strikes lit up the Bay Area skies late Monday

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Rohan Kalra
Drivers viewing a free lightning show in the Bay Area. (Sept. 11, 2017)
Maryanne Mathiesen
A lightning show on the Southwood area of South San Francisco. (Sept. 11, 2017)
Rod Tolosa
Lightning strike over Pacifica's popular surfing spot. (Sept. 11, 2017)
Jim Teo
Lightning bolts near Sutro Tower in San Francisco. (Sept. 11, 2017)
Angel Lopez
A bolt of lightning lights up the sky on top of Communication Hill in San Jose. (Sept. 11, 2017)
NBC Sports Bay Area
A lightning strike seen from AT&T Park in San Francisco. The wet weather prompted a rain delay for Monday's San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers game. (Sept. 11, 2017)
NBC Sports Bay Area
A lightning strike seen from AT&T Park in San Francisco. The wet weather prompted a rain delay for Monday's San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers game. (Sept. 11, 2017)
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Lightning can be seen from southbound HIghway 101 near San Francisco International Airport on Monday. (Sept. 11, 2017)
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A lightning strike can be seen near Levi's Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers, in Santa Clara. (Sept. 11, 2017)
Lightning strike near Sutro Tower in San Francisco on Monday. (Sept. 11, 2017)
Matt McEwen
Lightning can be seen near San Francisco International Airport on Monday. (Sept. 11, 2017)
Lightning spotted in Daly City. (Sept. 11, 2017)
A lightning strike spotted in San Francisco on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.
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Lightning Tonight Over the Bay
54stormywill54 from Instagram
T-storm outbreak around the Bay Area tonight!! Seeing an epic lightning storm here in Livermore, CA!
iamkromero from Instagram
I caught lightning!!! Not in a bottle, but still. This weather makes me soooo excited. I ran outside with my phone as soon as I heard the booming thunder. (Sept 11, 2017)
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Crazy lightning over NorCal today!
zelda_and_rufus from Instagram
We are having VERY bizarre weather for San Francisco tonight and the dogs are NOT pleased.
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Tonight we had several cells of thunderstorms roll through the Bay Area. Thunderstorms are rare here and exciting to see. The lightning lit up the sky right at sunset. The stormy clouds gave the sky a vibrant pink glow. Even the sun was pink as it set. (Sept 11, 2017)
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My first ever lightning shot!!!
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What a spectacular evening in San Francisco today! I have always chased storms for lightning photos but this time the storm came to me. Shot this from my home balcony, I guess I got lucky this time! This a single shot and just one big lightning bolt. (Sept 11, 2017)
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The Bay Area never ceases to amaze. What an incredible show over the city tonight. (Sept 11, 2017)
Tonight's Lightning (Sept 11, 2017)
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Rare Thunderstorms in Bay Area and I stayed at Foster City to capture it with our iconic hut! (Sept 12, 2017)
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Oh what a night !!!! Last night was the best lighting I have ever seen in the Bay Area and I have lived here over 32 years. Enjoy this capture !! (Sept 12, 2017)
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Lightning show over the Bay Area, it was a sight to behold. (Sept 12, 2017)
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After a wild evening of storm chasing I finally got lucky as an enormous bolt of lightning appeared just past Point Bonita light house. (Sept 12, 2017)
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What an amazing night. (Sept 12, 2017)
the415guy from Instagram
How about that lightning show last night in San Francisco?! I was in my living room around 9:30ish trying to unwind when all of a sudden the sky began to light up again. (Sept 12, 2017)
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Good thing we stayed and watched the lightning show in Treasure Island. (Sept 12, 2017)
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The lightning strike over San Francisco lasted just under 1 second but seemed to go on forever. (Sept 12, 2017)
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Lightning over San Francisco last night, really proud of this capture. (Sept 12, 2017)
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About Last Night (Sept 12, 2017)
gcmak from Instagram
It is the beginning of the end. We had hundreds if not thousands of lightning strikes yesterday. It was an amazing experience to be out capturing such a rare event in San Francisco. (Sept 12, 2017)
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Last night's intense storm in San Francisco brought some amazing lightning strikes. (Sept 12, 2017)
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Lightning over San Francisco. (Sept 13, 2017)
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Thunder, lightning, rain and this hot weather we've been having in the Bay Area. So weird! (Sept 13, 2017)
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Lightning tonight over the Bay. (Sept 13, 2017)
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Amazing beauty of God's creation. We don't often get cool displays of lightning in the Bay Area (South Bay at least)... so yeeeeaaaah... I'll take advantage of it when I can! (Sept 13, 2017)
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Climate change is real. (Sept 13, 2017)
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