Pilot Captures Stunning Thunderstorm From 37,000 Feet Above Pacific Ocean

Posted: Jul 12 2016, 7:32am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 13 2016, 7:09pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Pilot Captures Stunning Thunderstorm from 37,000 Feet Above Pacific Ocean
Credit: Santiago Borja

The spectacular image of the storm was taken from the cockpit of an airplane in near darkness and during a bumpy ride.

This stunning image gives a crazy overview of just how powerful a thunderstorm can be. 

The image was taken over the Pacific Ocean from around 37,000 feet above and by a pilot. The pilot named Santiago Borja was multitasking. He had snapped the amazing image of a threatening thunderstorm while flying from New York to Guayaquil, Ecuador.

“It’s not very common to have the luck of flying by an isolated storm this big,” said Borja to NBC News. “Usually they are all embedded into clouds making it impossible to be seen, you have to use the radar.”

In the image, a terrifying mess of clouds can seen swirling over much of the Pacific Ocean. These clouds are also producing flashes of lighting.

A photo posted by Santiago (@santiagoborja) on

Capturing a storm from the cockpit of an airplane is not an easy task.  The turbulent atmosphere created by storm means the plane was being bumped around all the way. The near dark sky, bumpy ride and infrequent lightening must have made it difficult for the photographer to capture the storm and to achieve such level of perfection. 

“Storms are tricky because the lightning is so fast, there is no tripod and there is a lot of reflection from inside lights.” Borja told The Washington Post.

The image was first featured on the National Geographic Your Shot account and has since gone viral. The image was taken with Nikon D750 camera without using fancy lenses. 

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