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.