Best of 2019: Seattle’s September Lighting Storm

By Seattle magazine staff

December 20, 2019

More than 2,000 lightning strikes occurred between 6 and 11 p.m.

This article originally appeared in the December 2019 issue of Seattle Magazine.

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This article appears in print in the December 2019 issue as part of our Best of 2019 cover story. Click here to subscribe.

Move over Snowpocalypse, our favorite storm-watching came on September 7, when Seattle saw the most electrifying lightning storm in recent memory. Many of us watched like little kids as lightning strikes—more than 2,000 between 6 and 11 p.m.—lit up the night sky. Not everyone has fond memories of the evening: Attendees at the Death Cab for Cutie concert at Marymoor Park were hustled out just a few songs into the headliners’ set, and the University of Washington’s Huskies football game was postponed so long that they didn’t finish until after 1 a.m. (and lost, at that).