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Triple Lightning Strike on Chicago’s Tallest Buildings Captured In Timelapse Video

By Hanssie on July 5th 2014

The weather patterns around the world this year has been pretty bizarre. Southern California has bypassed winter altogether along with much of the southern hemisphere while part of the world was suffering through the polar vortex. As the weather has been more and more unstable, there has been an influx of tornados and thunderstorms and extreme weather conditions.

Case in point, last week’s thunderstorm in Chicago was a rare double derecho – a severe windstorm that is part of a series of thunderstorms and causes hurricane-like conditions. Photographer Craig Shimala documented nature’s fury in a timelapse video. In the video, Shimala captured a rare triple lightning strike on three of Chicago’s tallest buildings: Willis Tower, Trump Tower and the John Hancock Building. Incredibly, this isn’t the first time Shimala captured the triple lightning strike on the three towers. Back in 2010, Shimala captured the same occurrence on video, which you can see here.

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Gear used: Canon 7D with 8mm fisheye lens,  50mm lens, Canon 17-40mm and a GoPro Hero2


Who says lightning never strikes the same place twice?

[Via Vimeo Craig Shimala/Sploid – Image via screencap]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Michael Moe

    very impressive video!

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  2. Jesse Rinka

    This is crazy….I’ve always wanted to be in a spot where I could photograph a lightening storm over a cityscape from a distance. Haven’t found that spot yet.

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  3. Dick Raymond

    Magnificent Clip! I envy the photographer!

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  4. Peter-Jon Harding

    Amazing. Don’t mess with mother nature

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  6. Ralph Hightower

    Taking a photo of lightning is one of my “bucket lists” besides the aurora. I’d like to capture it on film and also ones and zeros.

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  7. Michael Chapman

    Day – yam!!! Those things outta be used for power generation. :)

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  8. Servando Miramontes

    Incredible force of nature… Don’t think I would have the stones to record it outdoors….

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  9. Herm Tjioe

    What an electrifying video clip ;)

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