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Lightning bolts — and a rainbow (or 2!) — are followed by 2nd night of scenic, colorful C.O. sunsets

Lightning rainbow Old Mill Rachelle Cherise 5-18
Rachelle Cherise
Dramatic Bend sky show brings lightning rainbow over Old Mill smokestacks
Lightning Annalee Freeland 5-18
Annalee Freeland
D'Anza Freland says her daughter Annalee was enjoying watching and listening to the thunderstorm from their top deck on Ten Barr Ranch Road east of 27th Street and caught this photo Thursday night
Lightning double rainbow McGrath Road Kayla Gardner 518
Kayla Gardner
Lightning and a double rainbow captured along McGrath Road
Lightning rainbow Brenda Speirs 518
Brenda Speirs
Lightning streaks across a rainbow view
Lightning double rainbow Kristina Grubb 518
Kristina Grubb
Dramatic view of lightning and a double rainbow Thursday evening in NE Bend off Deschutes Market Road
Lightning rainbow Robert Stewart 518
Robert Stewart
When lightning streaks across a double rainbow, you've seen something special
Rainbow Rey Heidi Hadley 5-18
Heidi Hadley
'Rainbow looking like a snow globe during spring thunderstorm, featuring Rey, the cutest pup,' says Heidi Hadley
Storm clouds Glen Baker
Glen Baker
Dramatic storm clouds
Lightning rainbow Awbrey Butte Heidi Wilson 518
Heidi Wilson
Thursday evening's rainbow and lightning combination just had to be captured, as in this Awbrey Butte view
Lightning Halo Homdrom 518
Halo Homdrom
Lightning's path can always surprise
Lightning rainbows Cline Falls Hwy Mary Lou Polvi 5-18
Mary Lou Polvi
Lightning and rainbows dazzle in view from Cline Falls Highway
Lightning rainbow Mel Hopkins
Lightning and rainbow was an unusual but widespread sight Thursday night
Lightning rainbow NE Bend Ryan Wicks 518
Ryan Wicks
The horizontal lightning was a special feature accompanying rainbows Thursday evening, as in this NE Bend view
Double rainbow Nenette Reynolds 518
Nenette Reynolds
'A beautiful transition from the stormy clouds to a beautiful rainbow sunset.'
Lightning double rainbow Pilot Butte Alexandra Vanderheid-Nye 5-18
Alexandra Vanderheid-Nye
The view from Bend's Pilot Butte is always special, but sometimes Mother Nature adds a special treat or two!
Rainbow Deschutes River bouldering Craig Brightwell 518
Craig Brightwell
'We had a great night bouldering along the Deschutes River, capped off by this amazing rainbow.'
Lightning Powell Butte Jamie Jones 518
Jamie Jones
'We live in Powell Butte and got quite the show!!'
Lightning Ryan Duvall 518
Ryan Duvall
Lightning streaks across the sky from 'crazy storm'
Lightning rainbow Michael Backstrom
Michael Backstrom
Lightning double rainbow Lacie Linek 518
Lacie Linek
More lightning streaks below a double rainbow
Lightning rainbow Molly Hungerford 5-19
Molly Hungerford
Lightning rainbow east from Awbrey Butte Chuck Foyt 519
Chuck Foyt
Lightning and part of a rainbow, a view from Awbrey Butte toward the east
Clouds Prineville Becky Brandon 519
Becky Brandon
A dazzling design of clouds at sunset, as seen in Prineville
Lightning rainbow Kolby Kirk 518
Kolby Kirk
'I was photographing the incoming thunderhead over east Bend when lightning struck beneath a rainbow.'
Sunset Verna Moore 5-19
Verna Moore
The colors of sunset clouds can inspire wonder
Sunset Awbrey Butte Cindy Miller 5-19
Cindy Miller
Friday night's sunset view from Awbrey Butte was special
Sunset Pat Schaffran 5-19
Pat Schaffran
Colors of Friday evening sunset were dazzling
Sunset toward Grizzly Butte Shellie Piske 5-19
Shellie Piske
Pretty way to end a workweek in Crook County - a sunset view toward Grizzly Butte
Sunset Dale Grimsman 5-19
Dale Grimsman
A panoramic view of a special High Desert sunset Friday evening
Sunset PLA-1 Cameron Bueckert 519
Cameron Bueckert
Friday night sunset from Prineville Lake Acres (PLA-1)
Old Mill sunset Johnny Oliver 5-19
Johnny Oliver
Another special sunset view from Bend's Old Mill

A string of strong thunderstorms rumbled through the High Desert before sunset Thursday evening, presenting a dramatic panorama many of you have shared with us. Friday night, storms moved through again, and the sunset scenes were just as special. Thanks for sharing - please use the Share tab atop our website or email

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