We usually get strong thunderstorms during the summer, but I don't remember ever having a storm like last night's.
First, there wasn't any thunder. I was just dozing off when the fireworks started outside, and the silence following the flashes was so unexpected it woke me up completely.
And we rarely get visible forks of lightning like the one in this picture. Usually it's just a diffuse light behind the clouds (followed immediately by loud claps of thunder.)
This was spectacular. I actually got out of bed so I could record it on my phone.