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Majestic Cathedral Peak rises high above the biggest alpine meadow in the world, Tuolumne Meadows. High in the Sierra Nevada the wet air from the Pacific Ocean is pushed upward giving birth to massive summer thunderstorms.

When we arrived, there wasn't a single cloud over the Sierra for as far as you could see. Then, a few minutes later, one little puff appeared. I made the statement to a few folks up at Glacier Point that they would turn in to huge thunderstorms. They looked at me as if I were nuts. But I had seen this many times before.

We took off from Glacier Point headed towards the Tuolumne Meadows about a 2 hour drive. By the time we got there, the sky was dark and just as I walked out onto the meadow, crack lightning started striking all around us.

© Darvin Atkeson
LiquidMoonlight Studios

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