UPDATED, April 27
UPDATE: These photos of a storm over the White House were posted on Easter night as part of this historic archive because the White House is the most historic building in America. Nowhere in the original text of the post do I say that the White House was actually being HIT by the lightning, because IT WASN'T.
Thanks to an appearance on the Drudge Report, the photos are now all over the internet, and it should be noted that as is typical with the internet, the text I originally wrote and the photos were re-posted without permission. No media or opinion outlet has contacted me to ask if the lightning actually hit the White House. Nor do I personally believe that the lightning was "a warning shot" from the Divine for President Obama "ignoring Easter." The mania over these photos is as silly as the mania over the President's birth certificate.
THE TEXT OF THE ORIGINAL POST:
Nothing to do with White House food initiatives, but I thought that fellow armchair storm enthusiasts would appreciate these photos. Tonight was actually a warm, still Easter evening in Washington--until all of a sudden, it wasn't. I shot these at about 8:30 PM.
A storm rapidly materialized in the Southern sky, and swept from the National Mall toward the White House. Instantly, there seemed to be lightning bolts dropping out of the heavens all around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue--and the wind kicked up dramatically.
(Above: This was taken right before the top photos)
A spectacular downpour started as the lightning built, with no preliminary drops; one moment it was dry, the next there was a gushing, blowing, massive water dump.
The small photo, inset top, would've been the money shot, were it not tragically blurry when full-size. I took it just as the thought "run!" entered my mind, as the lightning got closer. The Easter Egg Roll may be quite muddy indeed, because it is still raining an hour and a half later.