This iconic image is a video still taken during the infamous ‘Thunder Thursday’ thunderstorm event that happened 5 years ago on June 28th, 2012, the image shows lightning striking the Tyne Bridge that spans the River Tyne between Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Gateshead in North East England. The fact that this day is still remembered shows the impact and enormity of the thunderstorms that hit many parts of the UK during that day.
The supercell thunderstorms were caused by cold air riding over very warm humid air; this caused the warm air to surge upwards, creating large thunderclouds. This video will explain it:
The storms produced a large amount of rain, large hail, numerous lightning strikes and even a tornado. Here are a collection of videos to give you an idea of the storm that hit the North East of England with Newcastle and surrounding areas being worst hit: