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Photographer in Yishun captures dramatic bursts of lightning that resemble shape of S’pore

Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening me.

Zhangxin Zheng | October 28, 11:42 pm

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After weeks of dry weather, thunderstorms unleashed their full torrential downpour power over Singapore in October 2019.

Accompanying the wet weather was the frequent thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening me.

Dramatic lightning shot from Yishun

Paul Lee, a photographer in Singapore, managed to capture some exceptional shots of the intense lightning activity over the weekend.

He uploaded one particularly dramatic shot on Oct. 28 that he took from Yishun:

Photo courtesy of Paul Lee/Facebook.

The lightning activity resembles the geographical outline of Singapore.

According to Lee, it was taken from Yishun, with his camera aimed towards the Central Business District in the south.

He managed to capture this sight using the Olympus Live Composite mode and an exposure of about 32 minutes.

Lee also captured another equally breath-taking shot at Marina Barrage, which he shared in the Nature Society public Facebook group:

Photo courtesy of Paul Lee/Facebook.

Lightning capital in the world

Singapore has anywhere between 171 and 186 lightning days on average a year.

Each square kilometer of land in Singapore can be struck up to 16 times annually.

April, May and November are the most lightning-prone months as a result of the intense inter-monsoon conditions.

This makes us effectively one of the lightning capitals of the world.

Over the past few years, several photographers had also captured other stunning sight of the lightning activities:

Photographer captures dramatic lightning shot during thunderstorm at 4am along Thomson Road

Photographer who created the lightning image went on BBC to explain how he did it

 

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About Zhangxin Zheng

Zhangxin’s favourite pastime is singing Mulan’s soundtrack in the mangrove forests. She hopes to perfect the art of napping in a hammock in the mangroves without being drowned by rising sea levels.

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