I saw the satellite building up the clouds more westward so I set out along the Angeles Crest Highway. Unfortunately, by the time I started the buildups had already retreated back towards the east, but the one that was left was strong.
From just east of the Barley Flats area looking east
Approaching the tstorm from the west at the ACH snow gate @ 6000 ft.
The storm was sitting on top of Valyermo and Devils Punchbowl. I stopped just short of Dawson Saddle because a photog told me he had just gotten off there, the lightning was so close.
Lightning! Click on pic for short video
Of course the biggest fattest bolt struck the Punchbowl right in front of me as I stood there with my camera, not filming. Aargh. However I did get this multi bolt. There's a slow mo right after so the bolts can be seen.Tstorm clip looking toward Valyermo
The storm was winding down or moving away fairly rapidly after this. This happened to be when NWS LOX broadcast their flash flood warning. Now I have serious doubts about their radar because the sun was literally shining, the rain had stopped and things were calm. Since things were winding down I toodled up to Inspiration Point.
I saw a fire opposite Blue Ridge started by the lightning
Looking back to the storm over Wrightwood as I headed down to the desert
Valyermo had evidence of some flash flooding and storm damage. I crossed areas of standing water, rocks and mud, and a utility crew repairing a line that had been damaged by a fallen tree.
This flooding was running swiftly and a little deeper than this photo looks.