PICTURED: Jack Merritt, age 14, Foothill Technology High School. Taken from Cemetery Park in Ventura on Oct. 4, 2021.

On Monday evening, Oct. 4, Ventura County residents witnessed a rare and impressive phenomenon: a booming thunderstorm punctuated by wave after wave of lightning strikes. Several people headed outside to take in the dramatic tableau: ominous clouds gathered into every shade of gray with bright bolts of lightning streaking across the sky in every direction. Thankfully, no major fires were started as a result. But we did get some much-needed rain . . . and some readers sent us some fantastic photos. So struck (ahem) were we by these images, we just had to share.

Chris Larson, photographer, taken near Ventura Harbor on Oct. 4, 2021.

Photo by Sandi Buley, taken Oct. 4, 2021. Photo submitted by Chris Effimoff, M.D.

Photo by Robyn Holmberg, taken Oct. 4, 2021. Photo submitted by Chris Effimoff, M.D.

Photo by Marissa H., taken Oct. 4, 2021. Photo submitted by Chris Effimoff, M.D.

Photo by Laurie Martin, taken Oct. 4, 2021. Photo submitted by Chris Effimoff, M.D.

Photo by Josh Gonzales, taken Oct. 4, 2021. Photo submitted by Chris Effimoff, M.D.