Singapore is a lightning capital in the world thanks to its tropical climate. Each square kilometer of land in Singapore can be struck up to 16 times annually.

There is a group of photographers that dedicate their time just to capture the perfect lightning storm. For us in Thoughts of Real Singaporeans, we would rather awe at them through the pictures on our screens drinking hot milo.

Here are what one billion volts of electricity in the sky looks like from the ground. All pictures credited to their photographers.

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Lightning flashes across the night sky over Singapore on April 13, 2013. [Xinhua/Then Chih Wey]

 

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(Photographer: Mio Cade)

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(Photographer: Khongkit Wiriyachan)
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(Lightning seen from the Choa Chu Kang Stadium on April 10, 2012. Singapore, which has one of the highest rates of lightning activity in the world, has launched a real-time lightning information service for the public. — ST FILE PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR)

 

Heck even our national mascot – The Merlion was not spared!

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Singapore’s tourism icon, the Merlion, was slightly damaged on 28 February 2009 when it was struck by lightning during a thunderstorm. No one was hurt in the incident.