Spectacular lightning streaks through New York City skyline (PHOTOS)

Lightning strikes One World Trade Center in Manhattan as the sun sets behind the city after a summer storm in New York July 2, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The Big Apple logged its first 90-degree day of the summer Wednesday and that heat provided the fuel for a nasty line of showers and thunderstorms that ignited dramatic lightning strikes.

Photographers around the city captured numerous dazzling cloud to ground strikes, including a connection (or connections) with One World Trade Center. Here’s a compilation of images, from Twitter:

Lightning in New York City July 2, 2014 (Beth Alison, @bethalison89 on Twitter)
Lightning in New York City July 2, 2014 (Beth Alison, @bethalison89 on Twitter)


It’s been quite the week for dramatic city lightning views.

See these related posts:

Purples skies over Washington, D.C. in Wednesday night lightning storm (Pictures)

Lightning hits Chicago’s Willis (Sears) Tower repeatedly in derecho (Pictures)

And here’s an unbelievable photo from Baltimore, last night:

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.
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