SZ0796 : Northbourne: lightning bolt beyond Leybourne Avenue

taken 6 years ago, near to Ensbury, Bournemouth, Great Britain

Northbourne: lightning bolt beyond Leybourne Avenue
Northbourne: lightning bolt beyond Leybourne Avenue
Looking across the junction of Gillam Road (foreground) and Leybourne Avenue (right) as a thunderstorm punctuates what has been so far a 2-week heat wave, with temperatures in the higher 20s Celsius every day.

The storm was seen brewing as early as 9:45 this evening, with a single, large cloud, some way off, in an otherwise cloudless sky just after sunset. Within the cloud were numerous small flashes of lightning, though all were contained within the cloud and there did not appear to be any contact with the ground. These flashes persisted at short intervals for an hour or so, by which time the cloud had gathered much closer to overhead. Throughout this time, there was not the slightest hint of thunder sounds.

My Facebook feed reported rain in Dorchester at around 10:15pm, and in Upton at about 11:15. The rain finally arrived here in Northbourne at 11:45 and it was announced with some spectacular lightning strikes which continue as I upload this picture at 11:59.
My corner of Northbourne in different conditions
A selection of photos from my balcony, over the bungalows of Leybourne Avenue, in different weathers or with different features present.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 21 July, 2013   (more nearby)
Sunday, 21 July, 2013
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Suburb, Urban fringe  Air, Sky, Weather 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SZ 0766 9610 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:45.8664N 1:53.5652W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SZ 0768 9605
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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