John Metcalfe was CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, covering climate change and the science of cities.
Here’s something you don’t often see in New York.
There were roughly 90,000 lightning strikes across the New York/Pennsylvania region during Monday’s storms, and one of them appears to have delivered a singeing body-blow to the Empire State Building.
The blast was caught on video by Henrik Moltke, a journalist who’s written for The Intercept. “I’m gonna stand here all day, thunder,” Moltke says, moments before the bolt lands. Oddly, it didn’t hit the tallest point of the building; one Redditor surmises it connected with an observation deck.
For folks wishing the lightning zapped a certain other notable Manhattan skyscraper—hey, there’s always next time. Meanwhile, please enjoy this footage of the Trump Tower in Chicago getting lit up in 2014: