Photo of the Day

a lightning strike in New Mexico
April 5, 2013

Lightning, New Mexico

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

A ground fire ignited by a lightning storm near Elephant Butte, New Mexico, paints the horizon with brown smoke. At right, another cloud-to-ground strike flashes through a shaft of rain.

See more pictures from the August 2012 feature story "Chasing Lightning."

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Photograph by Carsten Peter, National Geographic
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