Talk about having your camera ready at the right moment. Photographer Scott Olson witnessed lightning hitting the Sears Tower – er, the Willis Tower – on Wednesday night. Severe storms passed through the Midwest on Wednesday, bringing heavy rains and high winds, and are now forecasted to hit central Maryland on Thursday.
Last year, the month of April had a record-breaking 600 tornadoes nationwide. With this past weekend’s wave of deadly storms, this April may not break that record but it’s still in the position to beat the past decade’s average of 160. The following collection of photos illustrates both the allure and grave danger severe weather brings this time of year.