Did you spot any lightning in Vancouver last night?
While you might not have watched the tempestuous display unfold, you most likely heard it.
Thunder bellowed across the Lower Mainland for over half-an-hour late Monday (May 17) night that was accompanied by electric flashes of light. At times the light was so intense that it made the inky night sky look as bright as mid-afternoon.
Metro Vancouverites took to social media to share videos and photos of the storm, with many of them commenting that they'd never seen one like it in the area.
For some, the storm was a welcome respite from a year that left so much to be desired. Don Falconer commented: "That was the most fun I’ve had since March 2020."
Have a look at some of the most thrilling moments from last night's thunderstorm.
absolutely looove this kind of weather ❤️⛈❤️ pic.twitter.com/DBAsM0Wi4Q— Levi Wright (@levi_sophia) May 18, 2021
Last night was wild. Had some of the closest lightning strikes I've felt in Vancouver. So I pulled out the camera! Missed the biggest but caught a couple. pic.twitter.com/OAajeL40q1— Daniel Stephen Pendygrasse (@danopendygrasse) May 18, 2021
This was intense. Never seen rain and wind like this in a thunderstorm in Vancouver. Lots of sirens and emergency lights in East Van #bcstorm @ensembleator @50ShadesofVan @JWagstaffe pic.twitter.com/dqblSs17Re— Pedro 🌺 (@christmasguey) May 18, 2021
yeah that’s the stuff pic.twitter.com/X7zhnJeAJ0— Justin McElroy (@j_mcelroy) May 18, 2021
That was the most fun I’ve had since March 2020 pic.twitter.com/RUvDUFmS2T— Don Falconer (@TheFalconer) May 18, 2021
You know what’s cool?— Emad Agahi (@emadagahi) May 18, 2021
Looking at tonight’s lightning frame by frame & at one point it looks like late afternoon. pic.twitter.com/8mhr4qk4fR
Quite the show out there tonight! 🌩️ pic.twitter.com/SVMB4qWqq0— Adrian Crook (@5kids1condo) May 18, 2021
We’re having a prairie moment it seems here in Vancouver pic.twitter.com/fUtjjXPYCR— Emad Agahi (@emadagahi) May 18, 2021
Absolutely EPIC lightning storm happening over #NorthVan & #Vancouver right now!!! The night time acoustics are making for the LOUDEST thunderstorm I’ve ever heard in BC. #BCstorm #ImNotSleeping #SoundOn pic.twitter.com/C8IJ6ewEI7— Matt MacDonald (@meteo_matt) May 18, 2021
Last night was a lot of fun! A good Thunderstorm in Vancouver is Lightning every 30 to 60 seconds. There were times where it was every 10 to 15 seconds last night! But the damage, the branches down, and the flooding! It also packed a punch! 👀⛈ pic.twitter.com/gGEwqUG46d— Brad Atchison (@Brad604) May 18, 2021
#CloudToCloud #Lightning over #BurrardInlet and the high rises of #downtown #Vancouver’s #CoalHarbour district taken at 11:58pm on 17 May 2021 as a #thunderstorm passes over! ⛈#BCstorm #YVRwx #iPhone11Pro #thunderstorm pic.twitter.com/kgULmx0GgI— Ryan Voutilainen (@RyanVoutilainen) May 18, 2021
I’m glad I walked out to the balcony to see one of the massive thunderstorms I have ever seen in my life. Incredible views. Hope everyone is safe! #bcstorm #vancouver #Lightning pic.twitter.com/vN71aLDvpo— Bhavik 🤓 (@bhawikbhagat) May 18, 2021