The city in summer floated in a daze that moved otherwise sensible people to repeat endlessly the brainless greeting “Hot enough for ya? Ha-ha!” It was like the final joke before the meltdown of the world in a pool of sweat.
New York City's first summer heat wave broke on Friday evening, and the Empire State Building seemed like a fine place to watch the lightning as the cold front slid in from the west.
Shortly after taking the photo, there was a flash and immediate crack of thunder, and the outdoor deck was closed. The web is conflicted on whether the skyscraper is struck by lightning 10 times, 25 times, or 100 times a year.
A variety of weather instruments are visible above the 86th floor deck. The wind speed and direction are shown on this beautiful Art Deco dial in the lobby, restored in 2009: