We warned you that some stormy weather was possible in Vancouver this week — and the forecast was spot on.
On Thursday (April 21), Vancouver Is Awesome noted that Environment Canada was calling for a risk of thunderstorms in the afternoon and heading into the evening.
Around sunset, a powerful thunderstorm dazzled downtown Vancouver skies with electric light. When it occurred, a vibrant sunset had already transformed the skyline with warm pink and purple hues.
Mark Atomos Pilon was riding his bicycle when he stopped to shoot some videos of the "unexpected light show" near English Bay.
While he stuck around for a while, the Vancouver resident commented on Twitter that "there was a moment when I hightailed it out of there since I was on a rolling lighting rod."
April 22, 2022
An unexpected light show while cycling tonight. #Vancouver pic.twitter.com/DInjpUm3WH— Mark Atomos Pilon (@Atomos) April 22, 2022
Other locals also shared footage of the lightning in Vancouver skies.
The 3 best Lightning Strikes I was able to capture last night as a powerful Thunderstorm hit Vancouver, BC at Sunset. #bcstorm #ShareYourWeather @MMadryga @KGordonGlobalBC @weathernetwork pic.twitter.com/MOAAkfFnUv— Brad Atchison (@Brad604) April 22, 2022
This was the 3rd one I caught quite well on camera. #bcstorm pic.twitter.com/Tj10kKqq7k— Brad Atchison (@Brad604) April 22, 2022
In my excitement last night, I tweeted out video without the #Lightning — here’s video of the (poss low-topped #supercell) #thunderstorm producing over the shores of @UBC - just wished the bldg wasn’t there. ⛈#ShareYourWeather #BCwx #YVRwx #UBC #Vancouver #BCstorm @jwhittalTWN pic.twitter.com/7tOi4WuOpc— Ryan Voutilainen 🇨🇦🇫🇮🇺🇦 (@RyanVoutilainen) April 22, 2022
Ever wondered why epic thunderstorms are so rare in Vancouver? Environment Canada explains when you are most likely to spot them.