Cumbria and Lake District storms give ‘magnificent light show’

Cumbria and the Lake District were treated to a “magnificent light show” last night (August 10), as thunder and lightning storms clattered above the region.

Local reports suggest the storms started around 10pm and continued into the early hours of this morning, lasting until 4am in some places (August 11).

It would appear the thunder and lightning, described by some as “the wildest” ever experienced, caused a sleep-less night for many, as evidenced by the impressive video and photos shared by residents on social media.

The weather is likely to continue for much of the week, with a Met Office yellow weather warning for thunder currently in place until 11.59pm on Thursday (August 13).

The warning means more crashes of thunder and lightening are expected, as the county looks set for a week of thunderstorms, with some torrential and persistent downpours likely.

The predicted wet and windy weather has also seen the Environment Agency issue a number of flood warnings with fears that flash flooding could occur in parts.

Listed below are some of the best pictures and videos shared on social media after the storm, with spectacular images caught over both Cumbria and the Lake District.

Cumbria

Grasmere

The team at Faeryland Grasmere, captured what they described as “momentary magic” in this video shared on Twitter.

The video was posted just after half past 11 yesterday night, and has been liked more than 100 times on Twitter so far.

Crummock Water

This picture was taken by Joe Stockdale and shows lightning over the Lake District’s Crummock Water.

The image was shared by Natural Living Cumbria who wrote: “Last night was electric! I haven’t seen the sky light up like that in years. Did you stay up to watch it? I love a good storm the air feels nice and fresh today.”

Keswick

This photo of lightning over Keswick was shared on Instagram by Sue Grundy.

The impressive shot was Sue’s “first time catching the storm.”

Lake District

Lake District based food and travel presenter Emily Roberts shared the above video to Twitter this morning.

She wrote: “The wildest thunder and lightning I think I have ever experienced.

“From about 11pm – 4am I held on to the dog in our Lake District home on the hill.

“Power on and off constantly today … bright sunshine and due to get quite warm.” 

Ulverston

Meg Procter who runs a small herd of Pedigree Ayrshire cattle in Ulverston, shared the above video after last night’s storm.

The four second long video shows a number of lightning forks light up the sky in an impressive display.

Matt also from Ulverston, live streamed the lightning during the storm, and shared a number of clips to his Twitter and Youtube.

In the above tweet, posted just before 1am, Matt wrote that the storm had been going on for more than an hour.

Workington

Rachel at Go Your Own Way Apparel, shared this video of last night’s “magnificent light show” to Twitter just before 11pm.

The last few seconds of the video shows the lightening turn the sky over the west coast of Cumbria a dark blue/purple colour.

Cathryn, also from Workington, shared this impressive image from the storm, and said that it was the best thunderstorm she had seen since she was a little girl.

The tweet reads: “The best Thunderstorm I’ve seen since I was a little girl! 10pm lightning in Cumbria still going beautifully now! #northwest #storms”

Whitehaven

This striking image taken by Gary McKeating from 40/20Pix, shows forks of lightening flash against a dark, moody and deep purple sky.

The picture was taken looking over the coast of Whitehaven, and was posted to Twitter just after 1am this morning.

The above picture was taken by Stephen Sharp, a Lake District based photographer, and shared on Instagram by the Hilltop Photography account.

The image shows a bolt of lightning and the caption reads: “light show over the West Cumbrian Coast on Monday evening.”

Sellafield

The picture above was shared by a member of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) for Sellafield.

The image, taken by officers, shows a bright pink and purple sky, with a dark cloud and bright fork of lightening.

The tweet, posted just before 2am this morning (August 11) and reads: “Tonight’s storm is beautiful but much worse than predicted. Take care and leave more time than normal to travel on your commute in the morning.”

Barrow-in-Furness

This picture was taken by photographer James Bird at around 3:30am this morning.

The image shows forks of lightening around the Devonshire Dock Hall, the large indoor shipbuilding and assembly complex that forms part of the BAE Systems shipyard in the Barrow Island area of Barrow-in-Furness.

The image has been liked more than 130 times, and had been retweeted 30 times at time of publication.

If you capture any pictures or videos from the storms this week, be sure to tweet us @CumbriaLive or send them to our Facebook here.

Lancs Live – Cumbria