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A shot of Tuesday night’s lightning as seen from Port Royal (Photograph by Jordan McConnie)

A photographer struck lucky during a lightning storm capturing a series of dramatic shots on his iPhone camera.

Jordan McConnie decided to take his phone out during the stormy weather at about 8.30pm on Tuesday. When the thunder and lightning began he rode his bike to Port Royal to shoot some film.

He was able to take screen grabs from the video he took and the resulting stills have attracted lots of interest from amateur photographers on the island.

A shot of Tuesday night’s lightning as seen from Port Royal (Photograph by Jordan McConnie)

Mr McConnie, who describes himself as a hobby photographer, said: “I just recorded some video on my iPhone 12 and went through the recording. I found the split second moments of the lightning.

“I did some very slight editing on the photos just to give them more colour. I posted the photos on the Facebook group 441 Photo Bermuda. There have been so many comments and I’ve had a lot of requests to get them printed and framed – people are interested in buying them.”

A shot of Tuesday night’s lightning as seen from Port Royal (Photograph by Jordan McConnie)

Another photograph on the group also proved popular shot by Mark Bean. His photograph was shot using a 16-80mm lens, f/5.6 iso160 and a 20 second exposure, using manual focus.

Michelle Pitcher, acting director of the Bermuda Weather Service, said there had been an upper level trough in the area which had been supporting low pressure systems, moving roughly along the Gulf Stream, between Bermuda and the US East Coast.

“We area on the western edge of the Bermuda-Azores High,” she said. “Convergence between the lows and the high has added some extra ‘energy’ to the moisture already present in the area.

“Add in rising air from the daytime heating of the island and there is plenty of uplift to create impressive thunderstorms along with the heavier showers. These conditions persisted through yesterday allowing for more showers and thunderstorms to pass through the area.”

Ms Pitcher added that the heavy rainfall experienced over the island over the past few days was not unusual at this time of year.

She added: “In the summer we do tend to have isolated heavier showers and thunderstorms. Some areas of the island are affected more than others on different days. However, the overall amount of precipitation does tend to even out over the Island as a whole.

“The heavier showers and thunderstorms are not unusual. However, with the unusually dry summer, I think any precipitation is more noticeable and noteworthy to everyone.”

A shot of Tuesday night’s lightning (Photograph by Mark Bean)

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Published August 18, 2022 at 8:00 am (Updated August 18, 2022 at 8:26 am)

Jordan McConnie strikes lucky with iPhone lightning shots

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