Skip to comments.San Franfrazzled: Once-in-a-lifetime picture of lightning striking iconic bridge
Posted on 04/13/2012 7:10:18 PM PDT by Lorianne
An incredible eight bolts struck the Bay Bridge in San Francisco last night which was captured in this incredible shot by photographer Phil McGrew, who took the photo through the rain-soaked window of his apartment.
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What an awesome photo!
Heck of a photo!
Rumor has it you like pictures or sumthin’, ping.
That IS an awesome picture, Lorianne!!!
Saved as the super ZOT for DU trolls!!
Looks like a typical day on FR
Wow, great picture! Thanks for posting!
Did anyone beside me notice in the picture the stones falling from heaven? The judgment day is coming!
Whoa!! What a great photo!
The Lord’s way of telling Sodom by the Bay, “SHAPE UP!”
Other than that, great picture.
As a California highway engineer, I spent 8 years of my career working on the bridge replacement’s various phases including the suspension portion pictured.
I even have the scars to prove it. Not physical scars, but the emotional scars of having to live in San Francisco for 8 years and the bay area for 12. You wouldn’t think that just living in a congested city for of rude, selfish opportunists would destroy you emotionally and mentally, but believe me, it took a real toll. I don’t see how any nice person can survive living there, and to be a conservative — well, I can say I nearly did not survive mentally.
It was awful. I wanted to stay on and finish the bridge, but San Franciscans are such horrible people, I had to escape the place before the bridge work is finished.
Wow, I hope people weren’t driving across it at the time.
Wow, I hope people weren’t driving across it at the time.
WOW!! It kooks like 4 current strikes and 4 other strikes just a fraction of a second before. WOW!!
The folks driving on the bridge....did they notice anything unusual? Probably not, all they saw was bright flashes.
Wow. Kudos to the photographer. Ultimate kudos to God, because if He’s still warning us, He still loves us.
As long as they were in the car and not walking they would be fine.The rubber tires of the car insulate them from the current.
Yea, you’re right. If they were all at once you would see headlights and taillights as if they were standing still.
That is cool!
See that solid stream of light tracking the highway across the bridge? That's headlights of traffic. Lots of people crossed while the photographer was waiting for enough strikes to hit to make the photo he wanted.
Nice picture but no big deal to get it.
Well, not really. The metal mass of the car around them is what gives them protection.
Great picture...quite a view from the apartment.
Anybody have the details on camera, lens, settings?
Actually the car body acts as a Faraday cage.
That was quite a storm that generated it! Right outside my window, too (but I didn’t take a nice picture). We were lucky the power stayed out. We had thunderclaps every five minutes, it seemed.
Why do I count “nine” strikes?
“I, for one, welcome our new Stone Masters.”
I count nine strikes.
Well, there goes that $ 205,000 bush!
I saw another report (after I posted this) that said it was nine.
Uhmm, that’s nine bolts of lightning, not eight.
The lighting not striking a tower looks like it might be hitting something near the ground on the far shore. or not.
I thought it was the damn tires.
It is a big deal out here. We almost never get a storm like that. This must have been the first thunderstorm in the Bay Area in 10 years.
It's not the difficulty of the picture, it's the rarety of the event.
At a California Republican state convention, I met a Chinese-American who lived in The City, as Northern Californians call SF. He said that living there was like living in an insane asylum.
When I'm in town, I usually pick up a loaf of sourdough Boudin bread and eat ravioli at the Cafferata on Columbus and Filbert, but I'm not sure I would want to live there.
WOW..what a beautiful picture.
Thanks for bringing up that point. Growing up in the bay area, lighting/thunder storms were rare...this would have been very rare...time lapse photo or not.
In 1992, I was driving down the Baker Grade, north of Baker, in San Bernardino County, Calif. into a storm. Ahead of me, lightning strikes were happening one after another--it seemed as there was one every few seconds. However, I got through the storm all right and stopped for a baklava and some Middle Eastern coffee at the Mad Greek in Baker. The previous day, I had driven under a funnel cloud at Mountain Pass, about 10 miles north of the Baker Grade.
Savin' it to MY zot-pic file, you betcha!
The surreal colors are striking as well.
We had lightening here on the coast of San Diego this afternoon..very rare.
I thought lightning didn’t strike twice in the same place.
Yes, awesome tourist city. You need to stay 2 weeks to see and do everything. Just the liberal/opportunistic mentality of the residents make living hell for everyone, and if you are conservative it is 3x worse.
Even going back for a visit I get constant reminders. I get off a ramp and there are druggie/alchie bums panhandling. I cross a street and their is a poster for some gay sex website. I drive down a street, and there is a crowd of critical mass bicyclists blocking traffic. Here a gay parade. There an anti-war protest. Nuclear free zone. Save the whales. COEXIST bumper stickers everywhere. On and on without end.
But as a tourist city it is hard to beat, and everyone should make an extended visit at least once or twice in their lives. It is a beautiful city with a lot to do.
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