Edinburgh Woman Captures Lightning Strike as 'Mother Nature Shows Who's Boss'

A slow-moving thunderstorm over the Scottish capital Edinburgh, and its surrounding areas, saw dramatic lightning bolts illuminate the city’s night sky on August 11.

The UK Met Office issued status yellow weather warnings for Scotland on August 11 and 12, with local media reporting flooding, thunderstorms, and strong winds.

A number of Edinburgh residents caught the weather event on camera, including Sarah Gallacher, who watched the storm from the balcony of her apartment. It was, she said, an example of when “Mother Nature shows us who’s boss.”

On August 12, Edinburgh Live quoted the Met Office’s chief meteorologist, Steve Ramsdale, as saying the affected areas might see “exceptional rainfall totals,” potentially reaching “60 mm in an hour, with a very small chance of 150 mm of rainfall in three or four hours.”

On the morning of August 12, the the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) had 17 flood alerts in place across Scotland. Credit: Sarah Gallacher via Storyful