Chicago Skyscrapers Hit by Lightning

The Windy City is mighty pretty: Dazzling lightning illuminates the Chicago skyline and strikes four skyscrapers

Mother nature’s power and beauty were on full display in Chicago Monday night when lightning lit up the city’s skyline.

The electric bursts reportedly struck four of the city’s tallest buildings in a rare occurrence of what’s called ‘upward lightning,’ according to the Washington Post.

The phenomenon usually involves tall man-made structure, like skyscrapers, and follows the more common cloud-to-ground lightning strikes.

Upward strikes typically occur after positive charges from a cloud to ground strike leave an imbalance of positive energy on a building or tower, which shoots a bolt into the sky to meet and balance out a mirroring negative charge.

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All the buildings struck by lightning were reportedly taller than 1,000 feet

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