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Save me, Sutro

April 13, 2012

So when San Francisco has its next thunder and lightning show in 2015, I highly recommend watching from Southern Pacific Brewery. The big windows make for great viewing. (Only in San Francisco does thunder and lightning get applause.)

While these are not nearly as dramatic as the photo of multiple lightning strikes on the Bay Bridge, I did manage to capture a few live lightning shots with my iPhone through the big brewery window:



Pro-tip: the iPhone doesn’t actually take a picture until you let go of the button. So if you are willing to aim, pres & hold, and wait, you stand pretty good shot of getting, well, a good shot. This of course makes it difficult to drink your beer (never mind pour a pitcher) but such are the sacrifices I am willing to make for you and science.

The esteemed @rrmutt/rotormind left his Sutro timelapse cam running through the storm, and captured a hit on Sutro itself (a little after the one minute mark).

Unlike this fabulous shot, you can’t actually see Sutro, just the bolt, so I took the liberty of taking a few choice frames for the sake of perspective and converted into an animated GIF:

Sutro, saving us from lightning since 1973.

UDPATE: Wow, I’d forgotten about the 5 AM thunderstorm back in Sept 2009.

And of course the instant classic of Sutro getting hit by lightning by Tom Nielsen.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 13, 2012 4:35 pm

    That GIF is truly amazing. Thanks!

  2. April 13, 2012 6:01 pm

    My friend Tom got a pretty good still of a bolt hitting the tower; you can just see the lights of the Space Claw. I think the photo is available publically; let me know if not.


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