Deja Vu? St. Louis Gateway Arch Struck by Lightning Again
Since it's summer, thunderstorms rolling through the St. Louis, Missouri area is not an unusual thing. What is not common though is lightning from a recent storm struck the Gateway Arch again.
Dan Robinson shared this incredible video of a lightning storm that went through St. Louis, Missouri at the end of June. Dan added these details in his video description on YouTube:
A rare-in-intensity lightning barrage moved over downtown St. Louis after sunset during severe thunderstorms on Friday, June 30, 2023, with close bolts that struck the Gateway Arch and several other structures. Shot on 4K video and still images.
This video with some still pics Dan captured are electric - literally. This is the one time when you don't want to be at the top of the Gateway Arch.
Dan Robinson's website Storm Highway mentions that in a normal year the Gateway Arch is hit by lightning only one or two times per year. There are some years where the Arch isn't struck by lightning at all.
It was just a few weeks ago that we shared video that Dan captured of another lightning strike of this iconic St. Louis monument.
There is a fun conspiracy theory that the Gateway Arch was created to keep storms away. Um, nope. Since it was built in the mid-1960's, the St. Louis, Missouri area has had plenty of thunderstorms so you'd think that theory would have gone away by now.
If you don't already, make sure to follow Dan Robinson on YouTube. He's constantly sharing compelling images and video like this of storms that go through Missouri.