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Boom! Deafening thunder, lightning at Twins vs. Rangers game

In the midst of an ordinary mid-summer baseball game in Arlington, Texas Sunday, between the Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers, an incredible crash of thunder and simultaneous lightning strike delivered a startling jolt. Without hesi­ta­tion, umpires and players bolted from the scene.

USA Today posted this reaction from one of the players:

“That’s the loudest noise I’ve ever heard. I thought Jesus was comin!,” Twins center fielder Denard Span tweeted during the ensuing delay.

The video tells the story....

The Minnesota Public Radio weather blog has an excellent post demonstrating that lightning struck the upper deck canopy and near the center field wall.

“It’s very, very fortunate no one was injured by the strikes,” writes blogger/meteorologist Paul Huttner. I agree...


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Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.

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