Several years ago I published this screenshot from a webcam focused on downtown Denver. I often refer to the camera just to see what’s going on down there, 18 miles to the south. With our rapidly changing weather, the skyline, and the mountains, the scene is constantly changing, and I can’t see any of it from my yard. With this camera, I get a beautiful full-screen view.
A few minutes ago, with audible thunderstorms moving in from that direction, I decided to check the camera. I expected to see storm clouds and the last minutes of sunset. Instead, I saw this:
“Startled” would be an understatement. I had no idea a webcam could catch a lightning bolt.
This is what happens when a cold front moves in after a 100° afternoon — heavy lightning across the metro and out onto the eastern plains. 12,000 strikes in the last hour, according to local news. Nice. It’s supposed to be 20° cooler tomorrow.