Photographer's Note

On August 23rd, a severe thunderstorm moved over Toronto from the northwest. For about an hour, a spectacular lightning show started across the north end of the city. Gradually it moved further south bringing heavy rain. After another 90 minutes the storm hit the downtown and a barage of lightning lit up the sky. The CN Tower was hit at least 20 times with bolts that stretched several kilometers long. These were by far the largest, most intense lightning bolts I had ever seen. I was lucky to have caught several strikes of the tower which I will post over time. This particular image shows a bolt that stretched about a kilometer straight up and then branched off in several kilometers in four directions.

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